Hi, everyone!! I know this issue has been discussed before, but I've been hearing a different set of recommendations this year compared to what I was told in 2006. According to a very good friend and pediatrician, she said Imuran was classified as "moderately safe" according to her reference book 'medications and mother's milk.' She said she'd clear me to breast feed my baby in October if she was my doctor. I was told in 2006 to stop nursing my (then) 4-month-old in order to start the imuran in the first place. We did stop nursing, I started the meds, and I have been doing largely well ever since.
I struggled a little with discontinuing nursing with the last baby, but not too terrible--he got close to 4 months of breast milk before we stopped. I would really like to nurse this new munchkin too, if possible. I'll bring it up at my GI checkup in a couple weeks, and discuss it with our pediatrician, but I wanted to hear the thoughts of you imuran-taking moms here on this forum, too.
In slightly unrelated news, I'm now 17 weeks along with this kid and feeling wonderful. My UC hasn't let me feel this good in close to a year--I'm not sure if it's seasonal (I always feel good in spring) or hormonal, but I'm enjoying the "good belly" days! Hooray!
Pancolitis, diagnosed July 2006, at age 29
(Colonoscopy January 2008 showed active disease just in sigmoid and below!)
Imuran & colazol daily; Rowasa and/or canasa rectal meds as needed for maintenence
Currently pregnant-due October 2009