I'm taking 20mgs prednisone. I have a feeling that my doctor is going to raise my dosage cause my flare is not any better. Actually it's worse. I read on Dr. Hale's (Mother's Milk and Medicine author) forum that prednisone can stunt a babies growth (height), but I think he means in really high doses. Higher than the 30 or 40 mg that my doc may put me on. Also, I know per Dr. Hale about
2% of what I take goes through my milk so....should I worry. Last, the lactation nurse who looked things up for me in his book said not to breastfeed for 4 hours after the prednisone per his book but my other (GI) doctor never mentioned it so....
In general my anxiety has heightened from the prednisone and I am just so worried about
my baby even more so than before. I'm breastfeeding to benefit him not to hinder him in anyway. I am so sad breastfeeding has been so wonderful so far and now with this flare it is turning into a nightmare
I don't want to give up because of fear of something that may not even be an issue. I would feel even worse then.
I'm thinking if he puts me on a higher dose that could potentially be a problem I could pump and dump (formula feed) for several hours after taking the meds then breastfeed at night and in the morning before I take my dose.
Female Currently Breastfeeding
In a flare since beginning of December 08
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Asacol 4 pills 3 times per day
Hydrocortisone and Rowasa Enemas as needed
20mg and tapering for my flare