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The Effects of Drugs on the Fetus and Nursing Infant

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:371
  1. Mary J Seller

    J M Friedman, Janine E Polifka Johns Hopkins University Press, £34.00, pp 648 ISBN 0 8018 5345 1

    “Breast is best” is good advice that hopefully emanates from our maternity units. But the statement is not necessarily true if the breast milk is laced with any drug that the mother is being treated with.

    Because of their generally low molecular weight and lipid solubility, almost all drugs that happen to be circulating in the mother are secreted in breast milk. Consequently, it is a reasonable assumption that suckling infants will receive any …

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