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Help to stop breastfeeding

Due to a recent health condition in on mess that don't allow to to breastfeed anymore. I have to take them immediately so there's no time for weaning. He will be a year old next week, eatting just about everything, he will only drink water if he's not having boob. I need help. Any suggestions on what to do?????

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Jul. 18, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Don't let anyone on here tell you to keep doing it. Some here think they know better than doctors. Anyone who asks about weaning gets slammed with why you shouldn't.

    It will be tough, but just keep saying no. Can dad or anyone help give bottles or sippies. My son always took stuff from anyone other than me because he knew I had a better option. 

    Good luck. Sorry about your situation.


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:00 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • Good for you for BFing SOOO long, well sorry PP I have to say unlike what you think doctors CAN be wrong, they don't have all the info they need on medications and breastfeeding, the best person to ask is a IBCLC, and also the book called medications and mother milk written by Dr.Hale, he has made it his life study almost to research medications and what their effects are on breastfeeding, infants and the milk itself.

    IF you would like to continue to to wean gradually use this link
    and this link
    to check the medications

    Usually the only meds you can't nurse on are radioactive, cancer treatments, or seizure meds. VERY VERY few others are a need for weaning.

    If you choose to will need to pump and dump to wean yourself. This will be hard on your baby, but you can at almost a year give cows milk, cheese, yogurt to make up

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 3:04 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • cont.
    For anything he may be missing from not having your milk.

    Ask in the group
    about the medication-it the group Medication and mother milk, the owner has Dr. Hales book and will type what it says for every medication you may be on.

    AGAIN weaning is up to you and don't feel forced without researching yourself. Doctors are not always right, they are not perfect and they have no breastfeeding training.

    Pipe breaks-call a plumber, cables out-call the cable company, breastfeeding questions-call a lactation consultant, sick-call a doctor...make sense?

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 3:07 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • I agree doctors can be wrong, but people online can certainly be wrong too. I've seen some very dangerous advice given on here. I had people tell me taking antidepressants is fine. When I looked into it I found out otherwise.

    The bottom line is that very few drugs are tested on nursing women.  They don't know what the side effects really are.  As far as I'm concerned, better safe than sorry. I am not going to override my doctors orders over what some website says.


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:09 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • "I agree doctors can be wrong, but people online can certainly be wrong too. I've seen some very dangerous advice given on here. I had people tell me taking antidepressants is fine. When I looked into it I found out otherwise."

    Where did you look? Dr. Thomas Hale is the nation's leading expert on meds and mother's milk and HE says antidepressants are fine. Same with the National Institutes of Health.

    You CANNOT believe ANYTHING on those package inserts; they're written to avoid lawsuits rather than to ensure heatlh. My prenatals carried the warning that they WERE NOT TO BE TAKEN BY PREGNANT WOMEN! I haven't bothered reading an insert since then for anything but dosage.

    Now, to the OP. If you REALLY must wean THIS MOMENT, cabbage leaves in your bra. Change them when they stink. Sage tea, and look for "No More Milk Tea" in the health food store. NOT WALMART. HEALTH FOOD STORE. (Sorry, everyone asks about WalMart!)

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:21 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • OK, so if doctors are wrong and taking prescription drugs is harmless then I guess drinking, smoking, and illegal drugs are too?


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:29 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • Of course smoking drinking and illegal drugs are not safe, but just because those aren't doesn't mean others aren't.

    Antidepressants can be safe while BFing, most of them go into your system in molecules too large to pass into breastmilk.

    Again doctors don't have training in breastfeeding, heck neither do pharmacists, they go by what info the inserts in a medication says, BUT if you ask a lactation consultant who has training in breastfeeding or Dr.Hale who does studies and research on medications and BFing THEN you will know for sure. Lact Med is a site put out by the US library of medicine about what is safe while BFing, THATS a better resource.


    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 7:13 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • Could you please give me a source that explains how the molecules in prescription drugs are larger than the ones in illegal drugs.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:28 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • OP I am sorry to hijack your post, but I just find it very difficult to believe there is "proof" that illegal drugs pass to your baby in breast milk, but not legal ones. I don't think for one second introducing antidepressants which are intended to alter brain chemistry into the system of a young child has been proven to be 100% safe. Just because one doctor says it is, doesn't mean it is.

    I agree lactation consultants are the experts on breastfeeding, but not on medication.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:38 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • ok heres illegal drugs info

    heres info on antidepressants

    heres info on other illegal drugs

    heres meds approved by the Amercian academy of pediatrics for Bfing moms and their ratings

    I never said that NONE of the meds pass into breastmilk, but usually they are in such low amounts that metabolisms get rid of them anyways. The ingredients in formula can be more worrisome than medications, high fructose corn syrup, DHA and ARA from fungus and algae extracted using hexane that causes cancer, BPA, MSG, and the fact that everything in formula is synthetic AND not sterile...

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 8:42 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

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