Three cases of lithium exposure and exclusive breastfeeding

Debra L. Bogen*, Dorothy Sit, Adrienne Genovese, Katherine L. Wisner

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Breastmilk
  • Lactation
  • Lithium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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