Lactation and Management of Postpartum Disease

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While much of the existing literature in the field of reproductive rheumatology focuses on fertility, preconception counseling, and pregnancy, there is limited information regarding the postpartum period and lactation. Evidence suggests that many rheumatologic disorders flare after delivery, which, along with limitations in medications compatible with breastfeeding, make this time period challenging for women with rheumatologic conditions. This article discusses rheumatologic disease activity during the postpartum period and reviews the safety during lactation of commonly used medications for the management of rheumatic diseases. Fortunately, many of the commonly used medications are compatible with breastfeeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-262
Number of pages14
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • Biologics
  • DMARDs
  • Lactation
  • Postpartum flare
  • Rheumatologic diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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