Lactation and the substance-exposed mother-infant dyad

Lauren M. Jansson, Martha Velez

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Pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders have very unique needs and can present challenges to healthcare providers who are not familiar with how to evaluate and respond properly to their necessities. One such situation frequently arises when women with substance use disorders wish to breast-feed. There are many benefits and challenges to this practice that are specific to this population, and treating practitioners are often unclear on how to address them. The purpose of this article is to identify barriers to lactation in substance-exposed dyads and to provide strategies to mitigate these barriers and for promoting lactation in appropriate women with substance use disorders who wish to breast-feed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-286
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Breast milk
  • Breast-feeding
  • Lactation
  • Maternal drug dependency
  • Substance use disorde
  • Substance-exposed infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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