Medicines in pregnancy, children and lactation
There is a wealth of information for us to use when considering medications prescribed for use in pregnancy, while breastfeeding and with children. It isn’t always easy to find this information in one place so we have put together guidance and links for you to use when making appropriate decisions with your patients.
The information and links provided are for guidance, clinical decisions remain the responsibility of the practitioner; the intention is to help prescribers find evidence based information and does not replace input from appropriate professionals or constitute medical advice for individual patients.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggested edits, or any additional resources you feel would be useful to be shared as these documents will be reviewed when appropriate.
For infant feeding guidance, including cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) prescribing guidelines see our Infant Feeding page.
COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
Use of medicines in pregnancy and breastfeeding
Please see individual factsheets on medicines used in pregnancy and breastfeeding linked above for resources. Appendix 5 of the ‘British national formulary’ should only be used as a guide as it does not contain quantitative data on which to base individual decisions.
NICE PH11 Maternal and child nutrition page 41 Child health promotion
Safer Medicines in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Consortium
The Safer Medicines in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Consortium brings together 16 leading organisations under a common pledge to meet the information needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women and healthcare professionals, through accessible, clear and consistent advice.