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 been breastfed for an average of seven months.