Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Breastfeeding and maternal medication

Recommendations for drugs in the eleventh WHO model list of essential drugs


World Health Organization; UNICEF

Publication details

Number of pages: 35
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English



This document has been developed to help the health worker decide whether a mother who is breastfeeding and who needs treatment with drugs can take the necessary medication and still continue breastfeeding safely.

Information is provided about specific drugs following the Eleventh Model List of Essential Drugs. The document includes a guide on how to use the list as well as information on how the drugs are classified for breastfeeding.