Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

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Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Taj0112 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:29 am

Hi everyone

I just wondered if anyone is not going to be able to breastfeed due to medications they need to be on, and if so, how they feel about that? I have discussed this with my doctor, and the consensus is that I should stay on certain medications (mental health ones) during pregnancy and after. If I have subjected the little bean to risks during pregnancy I don't really want to after, especially when high levels of most meds have been found in breastmilk.

However, I'm finding this quite difficult to deal with, not only due to the tradition of breastfeeding and its perceived benefits (though appreciate there is good evidence as well that it isn't the be all and end all) but also in explaining to family/friends why I am not since they don't know about these other meds.

So just wondering if anyone else had any similar thoughts/was in a similar position?

Thanks!

T xx
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby espoir » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:20 am

Hi, it is a real shame that the well-meaning intentions of promoting BF, have these negative consequences for women that cannot BF. I also wanted to BF, but my babies didn't want to, and it took me a long time to accept and not feel guilty about not BF, and did express for several months instead....(which in some respects seems madness...). In reality though, you'll have no problems bottle feeding, and if people ask, just say you wanted to but it didn't work out for you if you don't want to go into details. xxx
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Taj0112 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:23 am

I'm really sorry espoir that it was so hard for you. I think you're right - sometimes it just doesn't work/happen for whatever reason (as I've seen from a few friends) and its important we don't beat ourselves up about it. Thankyou so much! x
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Kasha » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:06 pm

Just want to say, have you contacted anyone about the meds you're on? I would ring the BfN drugline personally as there is new info all the time, it's ver up to date, mre so than doctors I think....
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I don't want to ask what drugs you're taking, but these ladies might be able to answer questions for you an help.
If it ends up that you can't breastfeed then so be it. No point imo of dwelling on it because it won't do you any good. Of course all things being equal, breastmilk is better than formula for a whole load of reasons, (including the fact it's free!) but if it puts risk to your child's healt or mum's health or well being then sometimes you have to just n do it and move on. There are a million other parenting decisions you can make that will benefit your child, not just what mlk to give, so give yourself a break.
I am completely pro breastfeeding but it has to be in the best interests of mum and baby ultimately. But you might be surprised at what you can do, there are few meds really that are a definite no for breastfeeding, and not have ways around it.
At the ed of the day it's not got anything to do with anyone else why you choose to formula fed, or breastfeed your child, so if you don't want to tell anyone then don't, tell them to mind their own :)
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby hannahboo » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:21 pm

Was going to write exactly what Kasha did! The BfN helpline will be able to go through any drugs you need to take and let you know if it is safe to Bf if you wish to try. Most drugs are actually safe to use whilst Bf. The lady who runs the BfN drugs helpline is a pharmacist who has put a lot of time and effort into extra research in to drugs and breastfeeding and will be the best person to speak to. I hate to say it, but the majority of GPs just dont have enough training and knowledge regarding Bf to be able to give proper and accurate advice.

I am a Bf peer supporter so if you do decide to give Bf a go if it seems the drugs are safe then I am always at the end of a PM for anyone who needs someone to chat to regarding Bf xx
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Taj0112 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:26 pm

Thankyou Hannahboo! They sound really helpful. It's actually a specialist doctor (mental health) who's said the jury is still out, so its up to me to weigh up the pros and cons. I would just like someone to help me with it who is more knowledgeable about breastfeeding in particular so I will definitely get in touch. I do know the % increases caused by most of them but I just want a practical viewpoint and to see if I've missed any research.
Thankyou! xx
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Ellie81 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:41 am

Just to echo others' comments, and to say I decided to bf despite being on meds which if you look at some research are a no-no. It's a completely personal decision, so don't feel bullied by doctors and base your decision on the widest range of possible. (I didn't know about the helpline mentioned but it sounds really good). My choice was that the benefits of bf (antibodies, bonding etc) outweighed the potential disbenefits, and I don't regret my choice as feel my boys (and I) have benefitted. But equally don't feel intimidated by pressure to bf, your little one will be perfectly happy and well on formula should you decide that's the right thing to do.
Good luck! x
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Taj0112 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:25 am

Thankyou Ellie - I think I might to do the same.
Hannah - after you suggested getting in touch with the BFN I dropped them an email with my meds etc. They replied this morning, which in itself is amazing, but they also had summarised over 20 studies for each of my meds so I could make an informed decision. Brilliant suggestion, thankyou.
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby hannahboo » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:36 am

Fantastic! So pleased you got some decent information so you can make an informed decision! It is such a fab service that isn't known about by most people x
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Kasha » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:30 am

That's great news that you got the information you needed. BfN are fab for supporting women (I know I'm biased because I volunteer for them lol) I'm pleased they got back to you so soon as well.
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Taj0112 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:32 am

They really are amazing and its lovely that you guys work with them x
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby lianeb » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:16 am

Hi I know this is a few weeks old but I havent been online for a while.

I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism after my 3rd mc and was put on medication which can pass throuigh your milk and is not safe for bf. After a 4th mc my 5th preg went well and I had to stay on my meds so was unable to bf my almost 7month old has been exclusively ff and has thrived since day 1.
At first I was upset at not being able to bf but I managed to get my head around it and my healthy, happy, smily and laughing son means I dont even think about the bf/ff debate.
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Re: Anyone not able to breastfeed due to medications?

Postby Taj0112 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:25 am

Liane - congrats on your baby! And thanks so much for your reassurance x
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