I'm 30 weeks pregnant for the first time, have CD, and would really like to breastfeed. I've been on Pentasa (4g/day) for a couple of years now to keep the CD under control. I've been talking with my GI and future pediatrician about breastfeeding on Pentasa, but they are concerned about the possibility of Reye's syndrome if our baby gets a viral infection, because mesalamine is a 5-ASA. In other words, mesalamine is chemically very similar to aspirin, which you are definitely not supposed to give to babies. Has anyone else dealt with this concern? For those of you who have breastfed while taking mesalamine, what did your doctors say about the possibility of Reye's syndrome? Or has anyone changed medications from mesalamine to something else in order to breastfeed, and if so, which medication?
Thank you SO much in advance for your help!