Our Research

This survey is part of a research project conducted by the School of Pharmacy at Curtin University. This study investigates the implications of transfer of medications that a mother takes to their breastfed infant through breast milk. All women who are currently breastfeeding or have breastfed in the last 12 months are eligible to participate. The survey is open to all Australian residents. The information you provide will help us in establishing the occurrence of untoward or adverse reactions in a breastfed baby because of what the mother takes. This survey will take 10‐15 minutes of your time and has been approved by the Curtin Human research ethics committee (approval number HR1110/2012) and the South Metropolitan Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 2016-273).  We appreciate your time and participation in this survey and for providing valuable insight into your breastfeeding journey. 

For further information on our research, please read below under "More Information" or contact the investigators via email. 


Participant disclosure

  • Your participation in this research is voluntary. By clicking the button below you are confirming that you are over 18 and are providing consent for the information that you provide to be used in the study.
  • Once your completed form has been submitted, it will not be possible to withdraw from the study as there are no identifying questions on the form which allow the study team to find and remove your form.
  • You will need an email address to log into the survey. This will allow you to pick up the survey from where you left in case you are unable to complete it in one sitting. The email will not be used for any other purpose. 
  • All data gained from this research will be stored in accordance with the Australian code for the responsible conduct of research. 
  • By completing the survey, you will be eligible to enter a draw for one of five $50 Coles Myer gift vouchers. If you wish to participate in the draw, please email your name and a contact number to survey@breastfeedingresearch.com.au with ‘Survey Prize Draw’ in the subject header. This will allow us to allocate you with a lottery number and enable us to contact you if you win in the draw. The lottery will be drawn on the 31st of December 2016. The names of the lottery winners will be published on this website. Should you wish your name not to be punblished, please advise us via email. Collection of your personal information will in no way be linked to your survey responses and will be stored confidentially on a password protected server until the lottery has been drawn. The lottery is currently restricted to residents of WA.
  • Please note that the lottery draw date has been changed to March 31, 2017.

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More Information

“Breastfeeding provides numerous significant benefits for the newborn infants and mothers. The Australian Breastfeeding Association, American Academy of Paediatrics and World Health Organization (WHO) all recommend and encourage exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months after birth. Breastfeeding provides tailored nourishment to the growing needs of infants, offering better nutrition, enhances immunity and neurological development amongst other benefits. However, there is always concern regarding the transfer of medications to the infant via breast milk if the mother has to take medications. Although most medications are safe to use during breastfeeding, there have been cases where high levels of certain medications have been detected in breast milk. Infant exposure to medications via breast milk, especially in the first six months when the infant is likely to be exclusively breastfed can have severe adverse effects possibly due to the underdeveloped infant organs systems. Hence, even small exposure to medication via breast milk may result in side effects in the infant. It is also important not to discontinue breastfeeding unnecessarily as there are many benefits associated with breastfeeding. A recent review of the literature has shown that adverse reactions in breastfed infants are notoriously under reported and this may be because the types and rate of adverse drug reactions experienced by breastfed infants whose mothers are taking medications has not been well defined.

Our research aims to provide insight from a mother’s perspective into possible adverse reactions in their breastfed baby because of what they may have taken. Please help us get to know more about your breastfeeding experience by completing this short survey. For further information, please contact us on survey@breastfeedingresearch.com.au

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