Answer by definedclefts at 11:10 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:10 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
Answer by Jademom07 at 11:11 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
You can be treated for fibromyalgia and breastfeed. I was. I had fibromyalgia and several other medical conditions when my youngest was born. I was taking at least 10 medications every day while nursing and had to have IV medications for immune deficiencies every 3 weeks from the time he was 2 months old. There are only a few, around 10, meds you can't take and breastfeed.
Milk is not like blood. Your milk glands are modified sweat glands. Milk is made in the glands and usually little if any med is in the milk. The benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the risks of meds. I was hospitalized several times while breastfeeding and kept my baby with me. I had to be on IV steroids and antibiotics. I had septicemia and even cancer. My baby never had a bottle or formula and nursed well beyond 2 years. Breastfeeding is so much easier.
Answer by Gailll at 11:23 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:24 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
I found the American Academy of Pediatrics site where you may be able to look up your medication. If the medication you have taken in the past is one that isn't one of the best there may be another that you can take that will work that is listed as compatible with breastfeeding. It looks like the main drugs the AAP says you can't breastfeed with are radioactive drugs and chemotherapy. It's a shame women think you can't take meds and breastfeed.
Answer by Gailll at 11:33 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
Check out http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACTÂ You can input the name of the medicine and find out if it is safe for breastfeeding.Â If it is not considered safe, they give a list of safe alternatives.Â Like Gailll said, there are actually very few meds that aren't safe when you're breastfeeding, and for those that are unsafe there are usually alternatives that are safe and just as effective.Â The site also tells you if the medication has any affect on breastmilk rpoduction, if there are any side effects in babies that aren't life threatening but may be inconvenient.Â
Answer by preacherskid at 11:34 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
Oops somehow the link didn't stay on when I posted
Answer by Gailll at 11:34 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 1:46 PM on Jul. 1, 2010
Answer by Krysta622 at 2:03 PM on Jul. 1, 2010