Breastfeeding and Pentasa

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted Today 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
  I would like to see if anyone has any experience with breastfeeding and taking their meds.  I am due March 19th and have been off my Pentasa with no problems during my pregnancy... Doctors suggestion since my Crohn's is mild.  Gastro doctor said I could stay off meds for 4-6 weeks after delivery then to get back on them.  I asked about breastfeeding and Pentasa and he said ... ask your ob.  I just want advice from others as well.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted Today 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi dimab,

I was put on pentasa after delivery so I would be able to breastfeed,but my milk dried up & since I had just undergone major surgery after delivery,I decided to not go back to breastfeeding.

I don't know if this is helpful to you,just wanted to let you know that I was also prescribed pentasa for the same reason.I would definitely check with your OB first though.

congratulations on your new baby....good luck & take care!
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 100
   Posted Today 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I wasn't on any meds but I did breastfeed my baby. For some reason my baby wasn't getting what he was needing from my breastmilk. I thought it was my supply but when I pumped I had a decent supply this was with all of my children. It was before I was diagnosed but I am pretty sure I had crohns then as well. The peds said that it may have been not enough nutrients... I'm really not sure since every person and doctor is different. I had to supplement with extra formula but I did continue to breastfeed them. I finally had to stop breastfeeding my 11 week old on saturday due to the prep for the colonoscopy. It was very heartbreaking. I wish you the best and hope that you are able to breastfeed your baby. Just do your best and keep yourself healthy.
Best wishes and congratulations!
Amanda: age 23 happily married for 6 years
Mother to Kirstiana 5, Savannah soon to be 2, Halen 11 weeks
I have had symptoms since a young child but I was FINALLY diagnosed 1/14/2008!
  • Currently taking: Pentasa 500 mg 2 tablets 3 times daily  Darvocet 1 tablet every 6 hours as needed (I can't take due to watching my children it makes me drowsy and sick) Prednisone 60 mg to decrease by 10 mg weekly until down to 2.5mg Ranitidine 300 mg 1 tablet twice daily Women's one a day multi-vitamin with double the calcium once daily

I have no family or friends around me other than my husband and children so I very greatly appreciate this group and i'm hoping to become a regular. You are all great people!


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Date Joined Nov 2004
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   Posted Today 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I have nursed on predinsone, a 2 week dose of vicadin, and asacol. I am now nursing on 6mp and predinsone. Check with your doctor (gi and ob) and pharmacist. The american pediatric association or something like that says you can breastfeed unless you are a heavy drinker, heavy drug user or have hiv. I nursed one while not feeling so hot and he did just as well as my twins do now that I am feeling really well. I have excellent success with nursing even with the short time I nursed my first born. But everyone is different. It is all about what you are comfortable with. I have even read that the vitamin D from your prenatal vitamin does not get into the breast milk so breastfed babies need supplement. My doctor and pharmacist said any amount that would enter the breastmilk would be slim to none. And that breastfeeding without a flare is far more important!
I am huge advocate of breastfeeding so I hope you do it but just remember it is not for everyone and you may not feel comfortable doing it on meds. My formula fed son is just as healthy and smart as the others.
Good luck to you and either way you feed your child is a wonderful bonding time!
Diagnosed with UC in July of 2003 then diagnosed with Crohns in August of 2006.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted Today 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also breastfeeding my little girl, who is going on 3 months. I am taking asacol, welacol, Imuran 100mg. My GI doctor was against me breastfeeding, but the Lactation Consultant, OBGYN, Peditration, Dr. Thomas Hale author of the book Medication for Mother's Milk, said it would be okay. It is a tough decision, I struggled with it my whole pregnancy. Go with your Gut feeling and pray.

Hemi and Fissure surgery that developed 2 abcess deep in my left cheek, by my rectum...(oh how fun!) Medication: Asacol 12 pills a day, Immuran 200 mg, Welchol 4 pills a day for diarhea

Pregnant for my second baby that is due Nov. 1, 2007

Thank God for my adorable daughter, who makes me smile
<FONT color=red>everyday!

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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
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