Two Case Studies Illustrating a Shared Decision-Making Approach to Illicit Methamphetamine Use and Breastfeeding Academic Article uri icon


  • Crystal methamphetamine (MA) is a potent psycho-stimulant that is increasingly used worldwide. It is highly addictive, is often made in clandestine laboratories, and can cause serious health issues in adults. Health professionals caring for women in the perinatal period must counsel women about the health risks to infants if they are exposed to MA in breast milk. Most guidelines recommend that women who have current or recent MA use do not breastfeed. This article explores approaches to breastfeeding advice in the context of MA use. Women who have made lifestyle changes, engaged well with services in the antenatal period, and are committed to drug counseling services after discharge from hospital may be supported to breastfeed if they are assessed as safe to do so. The importance of assessing each woman individually when developing infant feeding plans throughout the perinatal period is advocated.


  • Blandthorn, Julie
  • James, Katie
  • Bowman, Ellen
  • Bonomo, Yvonne
  • Amir, Lisa H

publication date

  • 2017