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Effect of maternal antibiotics on breast feeding infants
  1. J L Mathew
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Joseph L Mathew
 Department of Pediatrics, Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, 160012, India; or


Antibiotic usage is fairly common among breastfeeding mothers and there is potential for transfer to infants through breast milk. While most medicines taken by lactating women cause no harm to their babies, at times it can result in serious consequences. This article reviews the principles governing tranfer of maternal antibiotics to breast milk, its clinical significance, and ways to minimise inadvertent infant exposure.

  • antibiotics
  • breast feeding
  • infants
  • lactation
  • G6PD, glucose-6-phosphate deficiency
  • M/P ratio, ratio of concentration in milk to concentration in plasma

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