Breast is best even in epilepsy

New mothers taking antiepileptic drugs do not harm their children by breastfeeding them, according to a new landmark study.

In fact it is probably beneficial, with breastfed children of mothers taking AEDs having higher IQ scores at the age of six compared with similar non-breastfed children.

The study looked at 180 children whose mothers had taken carbamazepine, lamotrigine, phenytoin or valproate during and after pregnancy, just under half of whom had