The National Library of Medicine (NLM) produces the Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed): http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider. More information in the LactMed fact sheet.
LactMed now includes information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products. CAM products generally consist of dietary supplements derived from botanicals (herbals), "nutraceuticals" (natural and synthetic nonherbals, such as coenzyme Q10), and related products. Special emphasis is placed on potential side effects in mothers and infants. The CAM product records feature a new field for the products’ scientific genus and species names.
You can also access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/help/lactmedapp.htm.
LactMed is part of the NLM’s Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®).
August is National Breastfeeding Month!