Breastfeeding with Crohn's

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nikkipshot
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   Posted 12/27/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently pregnant and taking Lialda, which I heard is safe while pregnant.  However, I heard it isn't good to breastfeed on this medication.  I was wondering if anyone knows of a medication for Crohn's that is okay to take while breastfeeding.
 
I used to take 4 tabs of Asacol 3 times a day.  Now, what a relief I take Lialda once a day in the morning (2 tabs) and it works so much better.  No flare ups.  Is there anyone out there that is taking Lialda?  I would recommend this med.

Stef17
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   Posted 12/27/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Check here for the meds you're interested in.  Dr. Hale is THE leading expert in mother's milk and medications.
 
I took Asacol, nexium, prednisone and remicade while breastfeeding.

expecting226
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   Posted 12/28/2007 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I am currently pregnant, too, and have been investigating breastfeeding. I got Dr. Hale's book from the library - Medications and Mother's Milk - and have discussed it with my OB, GI, and three pediatricians. All advised against breastfeeding on the medications I take, which are Asacol and Rowasa. Dr. Hale has proven that mesalamine is transferred via breast milk and there are babies who have negative reactions to it. So, I will be formula-feeding, as that is what I am most comfortable with.

As you do your research, you will find a ton of contradictory evidence. You just have to digest it all and decide what works best for you.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)


Stef17
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
 
This post gives info on b/f-ing while taking asacol. I did some searching and couldn't find anything on Lialda on Dr. Hale's site.

nikkipshot
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   Posted 12/28/2007 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your feedback and information. I am going to make a copy and give it to my doctor so that we can discuss.

oldcrohnie
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   Posted 12/28/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried sample of Lialda and thought it was going to do the trick - until the insurance company refused to pay for it. My pharmacist said it is very expensive, so I went on Entocort instead.
Hope someday the insurance company will approve the Lialda.
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