Parents with Epilepsy Can Breastfeed Safely

Having epilepsy and taking anti-seizure medications (ASMs) shouldn’t impact your decision to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has many benefits for both babies and parents, and there is extensive research that shows it’s safe to breastfeed while you are taking ASMs.

Formula as an Alternative to Breastfeeding

Formula will support your baby’s growth and development and is a healthy alternative or supplement to breastfeeding. Be sure to get the information you need before you deliver to make the right feeding decision for you and your baby.

Common Questions About Breastfeeding & Epilepsy

Consult With Your Doctor

We understand the decision to breastfeed is personal and can be complicated. Research shows that it’s safe to take ASMs and breastfeed and that breastfeeding has many benefits for babies and parents.  

Consult with your epilepsy care team if you have concerns about breastfeeding.

Download our Postpartum and Epilepsy - Questions to Ask Your Doctors, and bring a copy to your appointments to help guide your conversations and get the answers you need.

Educating yourself on everything involved and making the right decisions before you try to get pregnant can make breastfeeding easier, less stressful, and safer for you and your baby.

Reviewed by: Laura Kirkpatrick, MD, September 2023

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