Flare while breastfeeding

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 4/24/2008 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Other than making sure not to get dehydrated, does anyone know if being in a flare effects breastfeeding?

Also, I'm going to see my doc on Monday- is there a specific medication that I should suggest to get my flare under control and that is safe while breastfeeding?

diagnosed with a mild case of ulcerative colitis June, 2007
asacol, 2 pills three times a day
daily pentasa enema
started 40 mg prednisone 2/08

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 402
   Posted 4/24/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Coco - I would recommend that you check out Dr. Hale's book - Medications and Mother's Milk - for advice on this. You should be able to get it from your public library. He is the leading authority on breastfeeding and has run studies on the medications you are taking and others. It should help you make your decision.

I would also recommend that you discuss with your child's pediatrician. He or she will likely have the best perspective on this.
Proud new mom of a beautiful baby boy!
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)

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 4/24/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
i breastfed my son while flaring for several months. i got really skinny and he got nice and plump and healthy. and once i was diagnosed and on some meds, i did gain some weight back.
but there are no ill effects for nursing baby while you are flaring, as long as you are staying healthy enough to care for him (obviously).


try this link to find out about specific drugs and safety with nursing.
your GI is the expert on your gut, not lactation. the book 226 mentioned is a great resource, as is la leche league (you can find them online and they also have a toll free 24 hour number now as well).
your OB and pediatrician will also have some drug/lactation info and it's good to get more than one opinion. in my case, my OB and pediatrician actually talked to each other at one point to discuss the meds.

are you still on pred? how bad is your flare right now?
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son. due to have baby #2 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.

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