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Breastfeeding and tacrolimus: is it a reasonable approach?

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor John Davison


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Evaluation of: Bramham K, Chusney G, Lee J, Lightstone L, Nelson-Piercy C. Breastfeeding and tacrolimus: serial monitoring in breast-fed and bottle-fed infants. CJASN 8(4), 563-567 (2013). Successful pregnancy after transplantation has become more common and more recipients are choosing to breastfeed their infants, despite the controversy surrounding the safety of breastfeeding while the mother is taking immunosuppressive medications, such as tacrolimus. Data collected to date by the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry have not revealed specific problems related to breastfeeding; however, individual circumstances must be considered when counseling transplant recipients regarding breastfeeding. Bramham et al. reported on a series of transplant recipients who were maintained on tacrolimus during pregnancy and lactation and concluded that women should not be discouraged from breastfeeding while on tacrolimus. Recently, other authors have also supported the option of breastfeeding while recipients are maintained on tacrolimus. Herein, we review the Bramham article and discuss the key issues to be considered regarding the compatibility of breastfeeding and immunosuppression.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Armenti VT, Moritz MJ, Davison JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology

Year: 2013

Volume: 9

Issue: 7

Pages: 623-626

Print publication date: 01/07/2013

ISSN (print): 1744-666X

ISSN (electronic): 1744-8409

Publisher: Expert Reviews Ltd


DOI: 10.1586/1744666X.2013.811042


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