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Perinatal mental health and breastfeeding

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Training for Pharmacists 2

Looking at online CPD modules this week sponsored by formula manufacturers has prompted me to make this information I wrote for a pharmacy magazine ( who havent responded), available freely on line. Please share with pharmacies and pharmacists as widely as possible. Would be useful for their CPD as well as increasing knowledge on breastfeeding and drugs in breastmilk. Would be supported by a copy of Breastfeeding and Medication in every pharmacy 🙂

http://breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/training-for-pharmacists-2-.pdf

Breastfeeding for Pharmacists

I am aware that most pharmacists do not receive any training on breastfeeding during their undergraduate studies. My own PhD studies showed that most of us gained our knowledge from our own personal experiences. As breastfeeding is acknowledged as a major public health area I have begun to prepare some training material for professionals – starting with my own. This is intended to provide a basic understanding of how pharmacists and their staff can help to support new mothers as part of their everyday working practice. More detailed presentations will follow on drugs in breastmilk. If you find this useful and want to know more please buy a copy of Breastfeeding and Medication

http://www.breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Breastfeeding-and-pharmacy-2.pdf

#dontsaystoplook it up 1

It’s breastfeeding celebration week! Did you know that national guidance recommends that prescribers look at supplementary sources to decide whether medications are compatible with breastfeeding? Use this poster to spread the word #dontsaystoplookitup tiny.cc/dontsaystop

Please spread the posters to all wards, surgeries and pharmacies

Timing of breastfeeds if taking medication

I’ve recently had several emails/ Facebook messages that mothers have been advised to pump and dump their breastmilk for a period of time after taking medication in order to minimise / prevent exposure of the baby to the drug. This has often been undertaken when the drug is compatible with breastfeeding and resulted in the unnecessary exposure of the baby to formula milk.

For most drugs taken for more than 3 days the amount in milk is constant across 24 hours. So timing feeds with respect to breastfeeding or dumping of the breastmilk is pointless. The half life of a drug is very important but just one of the factors in determining the compatability with normal breastfeeding. If you want to know more please consider buying “Breastfeeding and Medication”

http://www.breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/timing-of-feeds-and-medication.pdf