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Medication and Breastmilk

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You should talk to your pharmacist about any medication you take while you are lactating - including any over-the-counter medications, and yes I did say pharmacist! I took some antihistamines and they were approved by my pharmacist, but they also almost dried up my milk in like 2 days. I had all kinds of trouble getting my milk back up again, I was pumping, nursing, massaging and all kinds of stuff to get it back. The medicines that were approved, the pharmacist told me that they would be passed on in the milk in small quantities, and that the main thing I would see was irritability on my child's part.

I stress though that you must check ALL medications with your PHARMACIST when breastfeeding your child, or storing the milk or whatever, it is much like pregnancy in this respect, what goes into your system 9 times out of 10 will go through in some small quantity to your child. Many things it is okay to pass on, ie Tylenol, we give kids Tylenol, so every once in a while it is no biggie, but many things could cause problems for your child. They generally want things that will be passed on to be as benign as possible to a developing child.

The reason I say to check with our pharmacist BTW, is that drugs are their entire profession, they are required to be the most up to date, so they will have the most knowledge. They may refer you to your Dr. then I would go to the child's pediatrician instead of your own doctor, they are going to be up to date on what is ok  for your child to be ingesting.

My typical route is to go to the pharmacy, tell the pharmacist that I am a nursing mother of a 2 1/2 year old 22 lb child that has a kidney disorder, and my problem is _________. What would it be okay for me to take, if anything? Then I get her recommendations, go home and call my son's pediatrician, and tell them that I am wanting to begin taking (dosage, rate, name of medication), and that I am nursing my son still, and would this be ok to do? By that time, I can feel pretty safe about taking the medication, I usually check it out in my own books too, but that is because I am that type. Then I take as little, as possible, for as short of a time as possible, to still be effective.

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