06:46pm Thursday 02 April 2020

Is Breastfeeding Safe If Mother Is Exposed to Radiation?—Focus on Infant Well-Being in the Aftermath of the Japanese Tsunami

Recommendations for continued breastfeeding of infants of all ages are presented in a timely and compelling editorial in Breastfeeding Medicine, the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The editorial is available free online.

Ruth Lawrence, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine, answers the question, “Is it safe to breastfeed in light of the potential for radiation exposure?” in the editorial entitled, “Disasters at Home and Abroad.” Yes, she concludes; in fact, breastfeeding is “safer than formula and contaminated water.…The best thing a lactating woman can do is to continue to breastfeed.” Dr. Lawrence advises that women take the recommended dose of potassium iodide, if such measures are deemed necessary. Breastfed infants under the age of 3-4 months will receive a sufficient dose in the breast milk, but older and larger infants will need one direct dose of potassium iodide.

Breastfeeding Medicine, the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is an authoritative, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published bimonthly in print and online. The Journal publishes original scientific papers, reviews, and case studies on a broad spectrum of topics in lactation medicine. It presents evidence-based research advances and explores the immediate and long-term outcomes of breastfeeding, including the epidemiologic, physiologic, and psychological benefits of breastfeeding.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Journal of Women’s Health, Childhood Obesity, and Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 60 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available at our website.

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