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UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service

UKDILAS breastmilk
The information and advice held in the Drugs in Lactation Database has moved, and is now incorporated into the Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) website (www.sps.nhs.uk

The SPS website pulls together expert information and advice from a number of different pharmacy specialities. Searching by medicine name will display the range of information available on that particular medicine. 

For example Medicines Q&A’s, Refrigerated Storage, Compliance aid storage in addition to advice on the use during lactation.

To locate information and advice on the use of a medicine during lactation, a useful 'how to' guide is available at the bottom of the page here.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about the SPS website, please let us know using the “Ask A Question” function on the SPS website. 

General breastfeeding guidance

The risks of exposing an infant to a drug via breast milk can be minimised by both health professionals and mothers if some general principles are followed. This guidance should be followed whenever a medicine is being considered for a mother who is breastfeeding her infant, whether the medicine is prescribed or purchased over-the-counter.

It must also be stressed that the general guidance, and the information provided for individual drugs, only applies to full-term, healthy infants. Additonal care must be taken, and advice sought, if the infant is pre-term or has compromised health at birth.


Enquiries from healthcare professionals can be made by contacting one of the UKDILAS centres below:

    Trent Medicines Information Centre 
    0116 258 6491 
    West Midlands Medicines Information Centre
    0121 424 7298  

Lactation Information Revision  

All the information relating to lactation on the SPS website is revised 2-yearly.