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Medications and Mothers' Milk: A Manual of Lactational Pharmacology [Paperback]

by Thomas W. Hale
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098233799X 978-0982337998 14th
Medications and Mothers' Milk is now considered the best source of medication information for breastfeeding patients in the world.   This new updated version continues to expand, adding numerous new drugs and making changes in existing drugs.   Most of the world's latest data on medications affecting breastfeeding mothers and babies are in this new edition, providing you with the most up-to-date information on the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers.  Packed with more than 900 drugs, diseases, vaccines, and other material, this easy-to-use reference provides the clinician or mother with easily understood recommendations about the use of medications while breastfeeding. In this edition:   ·      Hundreds of changes in existing monographs. ·      Over a hundred new drugs or conditions ·      New changes to contraceptive drug tables. ·      New oncology drugs added.   If you work with pregnant and/or breastfeeding mothers, this definitive reference will help you answer those detailed questions about which medications are safe or unsafe for breastfeeding mothers and babies.

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  • Paperback: 1262 pages
  • Publisher: Hale Pub.; 14th edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098233799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982337998
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medications and Mothers Milk June 29, 2010
This is the best comprehensive book available for Lactation Consultants like myself. It truly explains how each different medication can effect breastfeeding.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd had this book when I was nursing! August 15, 2010
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Nursing my children, that is! I now buy it for all new moms that I know plan to breastfeed. It thoroughly covers everything from Benadryl to Benzodiazepines, Antibiotics to Antacids, Antidepressants to Antifungals to pain medications! I hate to say it but most doctors are clueless and will as a blanket policy tell a mom to "wean your child and take this medication." Not only is it handy for showing the doctor how wrong he is, for finding alternative, safer medications - but it also includes Pregnancy safety category ratings, for moms-to-be. A very useful tool for any mom in any stage of pregnancy or breastfeeding, well worth every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding reference book August 18, 2010
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I cannot say enough about Dr. Hale's latest edition of Medications and Mothers' Milk. Dr. Hale has been a leader in the field of breastfeeding and medications and I do not go a day without referring to this outstanding reference book. His information is current, referenced and accurate. A must have for any health care professional whether they be physician, nurse, lactation consultant, dentist...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By C.C.M.
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I am a maternal child health nurse, and I'm often asked by clients whether medications are safe for them to take while breastfeeding, particularly antidepressants and other psychiatric medications. Although I first and foremost tell my clients they need to have this discussion with their doctors, this book enables me to educate myself so that I can share basic information about possible risks vs. benefits with clients so they have a good starting point. This book gives very specific information about safety data for use during breastfeeding for every medication you can think of. It also has detailed information about the pharmacokenetics of the medications in breast milk. I wish every healthcare provider in the fields of OB, family practice, pediatrics, and psychiatry had this on his/her bookshelf. As a patient myself, I've found that some physicians freely admit that they are hesitant to prescribe even necessary medications to a nursing mother because they lack knowledge about medications taken during lactation.

One caveat: I would not recommend this book for consumers without at least basic knowledge of medical research. This book lists the results of studies without much interpretation for those without a good understanding of the limitations inherent in medical research. Similarly, the pharmacokenetic information would probably not be very helpful to someone without some knowledge of pharmacology. This is a book intended for healthcare providers, although an educated healthcare consumer may find it helpful as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to own! November 9, 2011
By Lauren
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This is a must have book for Healthcare practitioners or if you're pregnant/nursing and taking medications. I am a healthcare practitioner and there is no better book than this to know what's safe in pregnancy and lactation. All other sources in regards to lactation say with most medications, "enters breast milk, use caution." This book actually tells you how much of the medication enters breast milk and if that affects the baby. I refer to this all the time and recommend it to my friends. The author has a great website as well that you should visit: [...] . The book also has great tables at the back that lists all of the current available over the counter medications, what will increase/decrease milk production, as well as a list of all the current available hormonal contraceptive pills.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have a condition called trigeminal neuralgia, and have been having trouble figuring out the right medication to help. The very first time I was diagnosed & prescribed meds., I was told to stop nursing immediately. Turns out, the medication was just fine to take while nursing--it is clearly listed as such in this book. I didn't find out until after I weaned my son though, and it was a disappointment. My local LLL leader was able to inform me later because she has a copy. Now, I'm nursing another child, and again having complications. I decided to invest in the book myself. It is very clear. Some of the language is more for physicians than for a lay-person, but there is enough info. to make an informed choice. Best of all, you can bring the book to your Dr's. appointments so that he/she can work with you to select the safest medication for you and your nursing baby. There is also info. about these medications & pregnancy. When I'm done with it, I will probably donate it to my local LLL or library, or even give it to one of my Dr's so others can get good use out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have June 15, 2013
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Every healthcare privider needs to have access to this book. This resource prevents mothers from pumping and dumping or quitting breastfeeding just because the healthcare provider isn't sure if it is safe while taking a certain medication. I wish more people knew bout this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful May 15, 2012
By Rachel
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I use this as a guide whenever I am taking any type of medication or vitamin. Its right next to our medicine cabinet! Easy to understand and very thorough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No breastfeeding mom should go withot this book
I have been nursing for about three years, got pregnant with our third boy while still nursing our second. This book is my bible. I take it with me to every doctors appointment.
Published on April 2, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mommies helper.
Found this extremely helpful while nursing my son. Recommend to any breastfeeding mother wanting an easy refernce on crazy days without having to contact the Dr office with every... Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by jenrmjones
5.0 out of 5 stars Best drug reference
Easy to use.. the meds are all just listed A-Z order. He includes OTC & herbs also. Frequently updated, so buy the newest year!
Published on December 24, 2011 by J. P. Funston
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I work in an emergency department and purchased this book to help guide decisions on what medications are acceptable for nursing moms. Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
a must have for all breastfeeding mothers takes the worrie out of is this safe or not. It covers everything from perscriptions to aloe vera.
Published on March 10, 2011 by justineprtyinpink
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
This resource is a must have for all breastfeeding mothers! It is very easy to use and has thousands of different prescription and over the counter medications listed. Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by Lindsay Crank
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is a must for medical professionals or moms that are always helping their friends with questions about meds and breast feeding!
Published on October 23, 2010 by Deziray Click
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This is an excellent and unique resource for breastfeeding mothers. I am recommending it to all of my physicians. Read more
Published on September 17, 2010 by Vanessa P. Lopez
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