NEW InfantRisk Center for Breastfeeding Medication Safety

In the USA, over four million infants are born each year. Approximately 75% of these infants are at least initially breastfed by their mothers.

It is estimated that 15% or more of pregnant women will use antidepressants, anticonvulsants, antihypertensives, and numerous other medications. Patients may not feel comfortable with the advice given to them by their health care professionals, so they search the internet for advice from more authoritative sources of information.

Resources for these women are very limited.

The Texas Tech University Health Science Center and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health announce the formation of the InfantRisk Center, which will provide the following resources:

  • Provide the largest source of data on the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers in the world
  • Provides a website and online databases to be used by every major university in the USA
  • Engages on web forum with more than 13,000 registered health care professionals from around the world
  • Will accept phone questions from women, physicians, and other health care providers about the use of specific drugs in pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Disseminate information concerning the use of medications and other substances in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
  • Produce a large clinical case management system that will ultimately provide evidence on the outcome of exposure to drugs and what women and their health care professionals should expect

Tom Hale, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine is the Executive Director of the InfantRisk Center. Dr. Hale is considered the foremost leading expert in the field of perinatal pharmacology and the use of medications. His website and webforums provide the largest source of data on the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers in the world and has more than 14,000 visits per month. In addition Dr. Hale has written five books on this subject, one of which, Medications and Mothers’ Milk, is the most respected textbook used in the world. Now in its thirteenth edition, it has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and has been translated into 3 other languages, with more under preparation. Dr. Hale is the critical bond between national and international academic credibility to the Center.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

To contribute, please contact Gainor Davis at gainor.davis@ttuhsc.edu, at 806-354-5546 or Donate Online.

You can find this link and  other Educational Resources for Healthcare Professionals and Moms on our website.

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