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Why Mothers’ Medication Matters

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’The author raises some valuable points regarding how breastfeeding is viewed by both the greater medical field and society.’

Title: Why Mothers’ Medication Matters

Author: Wendy Jones

Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd

Reviewer: Elaine Williams, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

What was it like?

It is important for breastfeeding mums to be well informed about how different medications can affect their babies through their breastmilk, not least because so many health professionals are not well informed.

What were the highlights?

This book is written primarily as a medical exploration of drugs in breastmilk, it is easy to read for all readers not just those medically trained, and references to the authors personal experience reinforce that relaxed reading atmosphere. This is not a detailed guide to the wide variations of different drugs (although many specific ones are discussed) but I think it clearly convinces the reader why further investigation is essential when prescribing medication to nursing mothers.

The author raises some valuable points regarding how breastfeeding is viewed by both the greater medical field and society. Most upsettingly is that despite the wealth of knowledge of the great and varied benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child, these benefits can be quickly overlooked, dismissed and misunderstood.

Strengths & weaknesses

This book explains why mothers’ medication is a specialist area, and what mothers and their health care professionals can do to ensure that they receive adequate and appropriate treatment. Wendy Jones is a great communicator and the expert on her subject and this book is a fantastic resource. The book also provides appropriate signposting to additional resources for both mothers and professionals, enabling them to find all the information they need.

Who should read it?

Easy to read and appropriate for a varied audience – healthcare professionals and students as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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