Journal reading

Drugs in breastfeeding

Most commonly used drugs are relatively safe for breastfed babies. The dose received via milk is generally small and much less than the known safe doses of the same drug given directly to neonates and infants.

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Drugs in breastfeeding

Neil Hotham and Elizabeth Hotham, Aust Prescr 2015;38:156-9



CPD Points

This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

  • 1.4 Manage quality and safety
  • 4.2 Consider the appropriateness of prescribed medicines
  • 7.1 Contribute to therapeutic decision making


This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Identify medicines which can be safely taken by breastfeeding women
  2. Understand how drugs are excreted in breast milk