Breastfeeding and lowering / stopping milk supply

Sometimes mothers want to reduce their breastmilk supply. I’ve provided some information and links on herbs and medications – some things have evidence of effectiveness, many do not.

lowering or stopping breastmilk supply

Progesterone (Cyclogest) and breastfeeding

Mothers who have suffered the trauma of previous miscarriages may be prescribed progesterone pessaries as soon as they become pregnant. This information sheet is designed to ease some of the worries in this situation or in the use of progesterone in IVF where a mother continues to breastfeed

progesterone (cyclogest) and breastfeeding

MRI, gadolineum and breastfeeding

There are ongoing queries about the use of gadolineum as a contrast agent for MRI procedures. This is the research I have accessed which suggests there is no need to interrupt breastfeeding at all

MRI and breastfeeding

MRI and breastfeeding

Infant Feeding and the science of human milk Conference 13th Oct

There are still spaces at this conference. I’m really looking forward to the day. Tickets £35/£25/£15 through tickettailor https://www.tickettailor.com/events/brightonandsussexuniversityhospitals/190064

Breastfeeding and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Many people know that I have had Crohns disease since I was 22 years old  – that was when it was officially diagnosed but probably from 4 years before when I was 18 years old. It has had an immense effect on my life firstly medically – I have had 3 bowel resections and been on medications since the last one in 2002 which very nearly killed me. The only times when I was really fit in and well were when I was pregnant and breastfeeding which sparked my interest in becoming a breastfeeding counsellor 31 years ago. It meant I fed my second and third daughters for much longer (I became very ill soon after I weaned my first) and became passionate about supporting women to breastfeed. As a pharmacist that rolled into an interest and then passion about drugs in breastmilk.

When I regularly had contact with mums with IBD asking about their medication I decided to set up the Facebook group as a mutual support group. Mums who understood the urgency of toilet visits when out shopping, understood how debilitating it was to be in constant pain, that we could discuss anything in a private forum with others in the same situation. Coincidentally it has become a place where people ask each other about drugs and look to me to provide evidence of safety in breastfeeding – that wasn’t the original intent but an excellent spin off.

 

I havent set up any other specialist interest groups – this is out of my personal interest. Unsurprisingly the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease has taken up a lot of space in my book Breastfeeding and Medication and I am keen that professionals understand that breastfeeding protects our babies but is also something which we value above many things.

As of this morning we have 556 members from all over the world, climbing steeply recently.

Specialists seem to be very concerned about the safety of the drugs – which are strong admittedly and breastfeeding. But we also need to bear in mind that IBD is at least partly linked with being formula fed so we want to maintain breastfeeding and use specialist sources.

Live vaccines may be delayed or omitted – particularly the rotavirus vacc. However, this is as much to protect the mother who may contract the illness from the viral particles shed through the faeces, Exclusively breastfed babies are at low risk if contracting rotavirus in any case.

I am going to admit that I am passionate about the subject – this is the core of my life

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/29857090/

CONCLUSIONS: In a study of women receiving treatment for IBD and their infants, we detected low concentrations of infliximab, adalimumab, certolizumab, natalizumab, and ustekinumab in breast milk samples. We found breastfed infants of mothers on biologics, immunomodulators, or combination therapies to have similar risks of infection and rates of milestone achievement compared with non-breastfed infants or infants unexposed to these drugs. Maternal use of biologic therapy appears compatible with breastfeeding.

IBD and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and Neuropathic pain – gabapentin and pregabalin

On my mission again today to write information on the frequently asked questions by mothers and professionals. Neuropathic pain affects many mothers with chronic conditions and the data is not easy to find. I hope this information, much taken from my book, is useful.

If these fact sheets are proving helpful in your practice maybe you need a copy of Breastfeeding and Medication – available from Amazon and Routledge

neuropathic pain and breastfeeding

 

Terminations of pregnancy and Breastfeeding

I have had 6 mothers contact me in the past 72 hours asking about continuing to breastfeed an older child after a termination. It is hard enough to have to make the decision to terminate without having to lose the current breastfeeding experience. So here, without judgement, is the information that mothers, their family and professionals may need to protect that relationship.

This is data taken from my book. Why not buy a copy! £30.73 on Amazon today and worth every penny

terminations and breastfeeding

Opiates and the breastfeeding mother

I’m not sure how many ways I can provide this information. Multiple times EVERY day I hear of breastfeeding mothers being sent away with prescriptions and told to stop breastfeeding or are told they cant have strong pain killers if they are breastfeeding – so it is their choice! NHS why cant you understand that there are opiate options for breastfeeding mothers. Opiates should not be used as freely as they are or put onto repeats prescriptions without fully informing the patient that they are addictive. But sometimes we all do need help short term.

Opiates and the breastfeeding mother

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Breastfeeding and pain relief for acute back injury

So many mums seem to injure their backs – maybe we need antenatal classes on how to lift your baby (and equipment!) or more assessment of post-natal damage. When pain has not resolved with simple painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen (taken regularly and at full dose) sometimes further treatment is necessary from professionals. This may help the mother access physiotherapy or other mobility treatment.

Information here on how to treat the pain of acute back injury and relieve the spasm. I hope that it aids mothers and professionals.

Breastfeeding and pain relief for acute back injury

Breastfeeding and cocaine

Using cocaine when breastfeeding is obviously not a good idea, apart from being illegal. But from messages I get almost every week it seems not uncommon. Everyone says that they are embarrassed and regretful and promise not to do again but need to know how to maintain milk supply and keep baby safe. In my quest to provide information to frequently asked questions this is detailed research on cocaine and the breastfeeding mother taken from an article I wrote for The Practising Midwife (Jones W Cocaine use and the breastfeeding mother. Pract Midwife. 2015 Jan;18(1):19-22.) as well as my book Breastfeeding and Medication

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26310088

cocaine and breastfeeding