Dr Wendy Jones – Breastfeeding and Medication: Chronic Conditions

Wendy Jones PhD MRPharmS

Wendy’s talk this year will be covering some basics about breastfeeding and medication, but focusing on supporting mothers with chronic conditions, in which she has had building interest over the recent months and years.


In my employed life I was a primary care pharmacist. I have been employed as a community pharmacy manager and PCT practice support pharmacist. I am also an independent pharmacist prescriber and have run clinics in Coronary Heart Disease, obesity, diabetes and smoking cessation. These gave me lots of opportunity to nag! However I left work at the end of June 2011 to work on writing my book Breastfeeding and Medication (which was published in February 2013), developing information and training material on drugs in breastmilk – my passion – and launching my own website www.breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk.

I run the BfN national helpline on the use of medication in breastfeeding mothers, taking calls and emails from healthcare professionals and mothers.  I qualified as a breastfeeding supporter some 27 years ago so combine the voluntary and professional interests and hope that one day breastfeeding can be valued by all as the health promotion opportunity we know that it is.

I was a member of the PDG for the NICE Maternal and Child Nutrition Guidelines (2008) – which includes a recommendation on prescribing for breastfeeding mothers as well as implicit support of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. Ever a glutton for punishment I was also a member of the NICE development group looking at Donor Breastmilk Guidelines (Feb 2010). My PhD looked at the role of pharmacists in supporting breastfeeding mothers taking medication.

I have published three books, “Breastfeeding and Medication” and “The Importance of Dads and Grandmas to the Breastfeeding Mother”, and am very pleased that “Why Mothers Medication Matters” has just been published by Pinter & Martin in time for the 2017 Breastfeeding Festival!

I have three daughters, all breastfed but now grown up, and three breastfed grandchildren. I also have a very supportive and patient husband to whom I have been married for over 40 years. He tolerates the innumerable calls on Drugline and emails which take up my time when I should be being a wife. Last but not least I have 2 border collies and 2 horses who take up a lot of time but keep me fit and happy. Life is never dull but always challenging!