13 months old Help!!!!! I need to stop BF! ASAP!

Becky - posted on 05/13/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Right so I have never fed for this long with any of my babies, and now I am wondering how to stop without having a breakdown, everytime we feed I can't help but feel this amazing bond between us and it just warms my heart to see how happy it make's my little girl, I can't bear the thought of stopping, BUT I have to due to medication I NEED to take which cannot be taking while breast feeding, This all makes me want to cry just thinking about stopping! So please any suggestions would be welcomed!

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I would check with your doctor or pharmacist. Is there an alternative? Have you only just been prescribed this medication?

I had to take stongepilepsy medications throughout my three pregnancies, and breastfeeding my three children. I had to do some research and consult several doctors before we finally agreed that although the medications would go through the breastmilk, the chances of any effect on my babies were miniscule. I now have three very healthy young women.

So do your research, consult with anyone you have to, including a lactation consultant, and then make your decision. As Kristin says, the best gift you can give your little girl is a healthy mum.

If you can't continue to breastfeed, remember to release enough breastmilk to relieve pressure. It's heartbreaking to pour it down the sink, but relieving the pressure will reduce your risk of engorgement and mastitis.

Good luck!

Kristin - posted on 05/14/2010

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Is there an alternative med that you can take? I would definitely ask about that, push if you need to. Talk to a pharmacist about the drug and any alternatives to it and all of their impact on breastfeeding. A pharmacist is trained to know about drugs and how they interact with you, other drugs, breastmilk, etc.. Doctor's know a lot, but they do not know everything.

If you really have to stop, you can go cold turkey or a rapid wean. Either will be uncomfortable for you and probably stressful for you both.

Ultimately, the best gift you can give her is a healthy you. Do what you need to do for your health. She will be okay. I know this because you will love her no less if she is breastfeeding or not.

Jennifer - posted on 05/13/2010

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There's a really good book out there that you could look your drug up in to check the safety.

Medications and Mother's Milk
http://www.ibreastfeeding.com/catalog/p2...

There are many drugs that you would think that you cannot take while breastfeeding that you'd be surprised about. I'd check it out and if you still don't want to stop breastfeeding, see if there's an alternative that would be safer but still do the same thing.

Good luck!

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