Breastfeeding and Remicade

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   Posted 7/7/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry if this topic has already been talked about.  I'm having a hard time finding an answer. 
I was wondering if the Remicade moms breastfed while on Remicade.  I've read that it's not good to breastfeed and I've read that it's ok to breastfeed.  I'd like to know what you've done and the results, if any. 
Thanks for your help!

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   Posted 7/8/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes, it is safe. Here is the link to Dr. Thomas Hale's information. He is the leading expert on medications and mother's milk. He publishes an updated version of his book every year.  In basic terms the remicade molecule is thought to be too large to pass through to the milk. IF any amount at all gets through he says that amount is "negligable".  I b/f'd my first child for 6 months and my 2nd child for 8 months while on remicade. They are both healthy and intelligent. No negative effects.




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   Posted 7/8/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Stef!

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   Posted 7/8/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   

You could also check with a lactation consultant,they are very helpful,and work closely with docs and pharmacist.


Good luck :-)

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   Posted 7/10/2008 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   
i agree with being carefull. when i start my remicade again next week i will stay away from all breasts just to be safe! :0)

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   Posted 7/10/2008 1:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Dr. Wenstrom from Vanderbilt informed me that BF with Remicade is perfectly fine. I chose not to because it was proven that when my hormones flucuated, I flared up. (I did several rounds of infertility treatments). My Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist said it was fine as well, but it was my REproductive Endocrinologist who advised against it purely because he knew when my hormones went up and down and were not stable, I flared. So, once I delivered, I went straight back to birth control pills to regulate my hormones. I did end of flaring (in it now) and they are doubling my Remicade now.

Do not be surprised if you go several months without symptoms after child birth and then have symptoms. It's typical for pregnancy to cause flares after the drop in hormones.

HTHs! Feel free to email me at if you want to chat. I felt at my absolute best when I was pregnant!!!
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Remicade - Next infusion - July 10th - new dose - 10mg/kg
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 11 months old

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   Posted 7/10/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Kaycie - Thanks for your input.  I've noticed in the past when I was flaring that my symptoms seemed worse around my period.  Crohn's is very interesting!
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