Breastfeeding and Parenting with Epilepsy

You will still be able to breastfeed while taking your anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), but you should speak to your doctor for more advice.


Your baby will have got used to AEDs while in the womb and so breastfeeding can be a useful way to wean your baby off the medication that they have become used to. Some AEDs can pass into your breastmilk and make your baby sleepy. It might be a good idea to alternate between breast and formula if you take these medicines.

As tiredness can be a trigger for seizures try to get support for night feeds or during the day so that you can try to get a good sleep.

There are steps you can take to keep you and your baby safe if you have a seizure:

  • Dress and change your baby on the floor
  • Carry your baby in a padded carrycot or sling rather than your arms
  • Have a wrist strap on your pram so it doesn’t roll away
  • Feed your baby in a low highchair to stop it tipping over
  • Feed your baby on the floor surrounded by cushions

Talk to your child about your epilepsy so they know what to do if you have a seizure and how to get help.

You can decide at what age it is best to talk to your child about epilepsy as you know them best.