As a peer supporter, a mum and even at work, I signpost families to the Drugs in Breast Milk Helpline EVERY SINGLE WEEK.
GPs are notoriously hit and miss when it comes to breastfeeding knowledge. It isn’t something they have adequate training on unless they take it upon themselves to do it. This means that it’s a bit of a lottery as to whether your GP gives you the right information with regards to any breastfeeding issues but thankfully, there are people they can refer you to and there are also some invaluable resources out there which they can call upon if they aren’t sure of the right course of action for you.
The Drugs in Breast Milk Helpline is manned voluntarily by Wendy Jones, pharmacist and registered BfN Breastfeeding Supporter.
You can consult the information sheets and frequently asked questions on the Drugs in Breast Milk Page but if you have a query which isn’t covered in those or have a more specific case, you can email and phone Wendy for a more personal response which is absolutely invaluable.
It’s not only information on medication which is provided but also on alcohol, beauty treatments, dentistry and routine surgery and how that can affect breastfeeding or not.
I cannot stress enough, the importance of being fully informed when it comes to breastfeeding so you are able to make the right decision for you and your baby. Too many Mums are told that they must stop breastfeeding if they need to take antidepressants when that is usually not the case.
The Drugs in Breast Milk Helpline empowers women. It enables them to go to their Healthcare Provider armed with the facts and get the right treatment for them.
There is even an information sheet on breastfeeding and the Norovirus. How I wish I’d known about it when the wrong info from a health professional and my own ignorance put an end to Spud’s breastfeeding.
Every Mum to be should be aware of the helpline as there are so many unreliable sources they will come into contact with especially on-line.
Unfortunately, the helpline is at risk of closure due to lack of funds. If the helpline did close, it would be devastating.
I’m not exaggerating when I say I mention the helpline and information sheets at least twice a week on-line, and in real life to Mums looking for reliable information on a whole host of medication and procedures.
If you have used the helpline as a Mum or if you use it in your role supporting Mums, it would be great if you could complete one of the following surveys:
You may be wondering why it matters if a Mum stops breastfeeding needlessly to take a medication or have a procedure and perhaps you will never understand but as a Mum who stopped breastfeeding because of misinformation, I can tell you now that it does matter and it is important. This short video shows some of the responses to the surveys so far and goes a little way to explain why it is so important to Mums and babies…
Please share any ideas you might have to raise funds long term and you can donate to this priceless cause by texting DIBM88 followed by the donation amount to 70070. You can also donate on JustGiving.