Breastfeeding: Questions to ask

Last updated: Monday, April 08, 2019

You'll usually have to seek more information about a patient and her medicines before answering a clinical question about use of medicines in breastfeeding. There are some general questions to ask when problem solving, but what do you need to ask that's specific to patients who are breastfeeding?

What questions would you ask if a doctor from outpatients wanted advice about using a medicine in a patient who was breastfeeding? 
What questions might you ask about the medicine(s) involved, about the patient, and about planning a way forward?


When you've had time to consider, look at the infographic below which suggests some significant questions that you ought to have in mind. 



On the next page you can see a brief explanation as to why these questions can be important in practice.