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I’m hearing of an increasing number of mothers who dont tell their doctors they are breastfeeding when prescribed medication as they have had negative reponses to duration of feeding in the past. I have examples of mums being told from 6 weeks to 3 years that braestfeeding has no value and they are doing it for their own benefit. Interesting that the World Health Organisation (WHO) says otherwise. So mothers come to me to check the safety of the drug – how many dont have any input?
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Thursday 18th August
I’m currently busy putting the finishing touches to my new book Why Mothers Medication Matters. Hopefully to be published this autumn http://www.pinterandmartin.com/why-mothers-medication-matters.html
‘I have been prescribed eye drops for a virus I have. I was told to stop breastfeeding immediately which was impossible for a exclusively BF 6 month baby. No formula or bottles at home and I was told at 11pm.’
This message I picked up today is wrong on so many counts.
1. The Dr has prescribed antibiotic drops but diagnosed a viral infection.
2. Even if the diagnosis was a bacterial infection the drops are compatible with continued breastfeeding.
3. What is the point in telling an exclusively breastfeeding mum at 11pm that she cant breastfeed when she has no formula, bottles etc – what is she meant to do overnight?
So sad that education of GPs seems to have removed common sense let alone compassion and use of evidence based information
Need I say more? As a grandmother to three gorgeous little ones breastfeeding equals lots of oxytocin which makes me happy and relaxed too.
Today’s question of interest is an area which frustrates me – mums needing ingrowing toe nail treatment involving the use of local anaesthetics and a few drops of phenol (or sodium hydroxide). Guidelines from podiatry seem to suggest this treatment cant be carried out until a mum stops breastfeeding. But that may leave her in pain for a long time. Why? It si unlikely phenol will get into milk but we have no published studies. My fabulous colleague produced this poster from data sent to us by mothers and presented it a conference in Oxford in June. One mum at a time challenging practice.
Thursday 18 August Thrush and Mastitis in the Breastfeeding Mother
Every day I hear stories where mothers have been advised to stop breastfeeding in order to take medication, without considering the risk to mum and baby of interupting breastfeeding even temporarily. Formula milk is not the same as breastmilk and never will be. Not all babies will drink from bottles. Not all mothers can express. Not all babies will go back to the breast. Not all mothers can maintain their supply. Medication should not be a reason to stop breastfeeding without looking at evidence based sources on safety, taking professinal responsibilty and last but not least involving the mother in making an informed decision