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When should I stop breastfeeding?
The current advice is to give breastmilk only for the first six months of life,
but you can continue to breastfeed for as long as you wish, stop when it is right
for you! You will notice, at about six months, your baby trying to chew everything!
This is where you would start to introduce new tastes. Get some advice on weaning
from your health visitor.
Is it safe to take prescribed drugs whilst breastfeeding?
Certain drug therapies – drugs are known to cross over into the breastmilk.
Most drug companies have little data concerning breastfeeding, which is why
they cannot recommend the use of their products for breastfeeding mothers. However
benefits must be weighed against the potential risks before deciding whether
or not to prescribe a drug. This is certainly the case with ex-drug users who
are now taking methadone. Breastfeeding is positively encouraged for these mothers
because the benefits for the baby far outweigh the risks. Dr. Mary Hepburn is
famous for her work with drug dependent mothers at the special reproductive
health unit at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow. Detailed information
about drugs and breastfeeding is also available in the annual publication by
Dr Thomas Hale and via the Breastfeeding Network (see helpful links).