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.
Attending BFI 4-5 th November in Birmingham and presenting a poster on Colonoscopies and Breastfeeding Mothers
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 28th September Surrey and Sussex Hospital Conference: Perinatal Mental Health and Medicalising Sore Nipples
Thursday 18 August Thrush and Mastitis in the Breastfeeding Mother