Lactation and the use of biologic immunosuppressive medications.

  • Sarah J Witzel
  • Published 2014 in Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine


Biologic medications are effective therapeutic options for treating autoimmune diseases, but information on their safety in lactation is still scarce. Autoimmune conditions occur frequently in women of childbearing age, creating difficult decisions regarding optimizing maternal health and supporting breastfeeding. Available data, in addition to the favorable pharmacokinetic properties of biologics, suggest that these medications are compatible with breastfeeding. A review of the available evidence and information is presented, as well as recommendations on counseling the nursing mother and her healthcare team to make informed decisions about maternal and infant care.


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