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Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 69–72 | Cite as

Three cases of lithium exposure and exclusive breastfeeding

  • Debra L. Bogen
  • Dorothy Sit
  • Adrienne Genovese
  • Katherine L. Wisner
Short Communication

Abstract

The aim of this study was to provide data to aid decision making regarding lithium use during lactation. Three women treated with lithium for bipolar disorder during pregnancy and lactation and their four infants provided lithium levels at 1 month postpartum. Infant levels ranged from 10% to 17% of maternal levels. Two infants experienced early feeding problems which were overcome with breastfeeding education and support. Women taking lithium can be supported to breastfeed, and their infants should be followed closely until breastfeeding is well established.

Keywords

Lithium Breast milk Lactation Bipolar disorder 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank Elizabeth Nuhfer for coordinating laboratory specimen processing and analysis, to our clinicians who evaluated these mothers, and to the women who participated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra L. Bogen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Dorothy Sit
    • 2
  • Adrienne Genovese
    • 2
  • Katherine L. Wisner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  3. 3.University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineDivision of General Academic PediatricsPittsburghUSA

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