Mothers on antiepileptic medications can safely breastfeed: JAMA
Many drugs are excreted in breast milk therefore there is need for caution.As such breastfeeding is associated with benefits for children and their mothers. However, when mothers take medications there is a potential for adverse side effects in the infant.I
For mothers with epilepsy, there is no consensus within the medical community if breastfeeding while taking antiepileptic drugs could have adverse side effects on their children.
Researchers at University of Minnesota have found that mothers on antiepileptic drugs can safely breast feed their children.The study has been published study in JAMA Neurology.
While previous studies examined breast milk concentrations of antiepileptic drugs, it did not account for the amount of antiepileptic drugs metabolized by the child. U of M researchers found that the antiepileptic drug concentrations in blood samples of infants who were breastfed were substantially lower than maternal blood concentrations.
They accomplished this by analyzing samples from breastfed infants and their mothers between five to 20 weeks after birth. The amount of AED concentrations was measured from blood samples taken from both mother and child. These mothers and infants were enrolled in the Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs (MONEAD) study.
"We measured the drug concentrations directly in infants that reflected overall drug exposure to the infant through breast milk," said Angela Birnbaum, a professor in the College of Pharmacy. "Our study supports breastfeeding for mothers with epilepsy who are taking antiseizure medications. This means that primary care providers can have more informed conversations with recent and expecting mothers about the possibilities of breastfeeding their child."
For more details click on the link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.4443