did anyone get hives while breast feeding?

Shannon - posted on 04/06/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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did any of you get hives while you were breast feeding? I broke out in hives a while back and they have been getting worse since. i read that people can be allergic to breast feeding as your hormones react to the let down. Also my son Brayden has been getting explosive diarrhea almost every time i breast feed him! I was put on meds for a week and my hives went away! now that i am off the meds my hives came back and i am once again extremely itchy!!!!! During the time i was on meds i had to formula feed brayden and he sreamed the entire week and was very needy. I couldnt even put him down and he wanted to be held and cuddled all the time. Has anyone ever heard of this?

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Yes, I get hives from time to time, though not as often now that my son is 7 months old. When he was younger and constantly having growth spurts, they were pretty bad. I don't know if they were as severe as yours. I don't stop breastfeeding. I just take some Claritin, which does the trick.



How old is your son? Are you sure it's diarrhea? Young babies' poop is really runny anyway. Is the poop BRIGHT GREEN? If so, you may have overactive letdown and/or foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. You can Google these terms and find lots of advice. Block feeding helps most women.



I had overactive letdown and hives, but my son had normal poops.

Laura - posted on 02/12/2013

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I am so glad to read that I am not the only one! I have been suffering with slowly worsening hives for 6 months. My youngest is 10.5 months old, and my goal was to breastfeed for 1 year. After my first son was born I had to stop bf-ing for different hormonal reasons after only 3 months and it broke my heart. So this time I am determined to meet my goal - no matter what. My dr. was not much help, even joking that I was allergic to my baby. (I didn't think that was very funny) He told me that he would like to give me a full course of prednisone and a series of cortisone shots. But clearly I would have to stop breastfeeding my son. That was unacceptable for me. He also suggested benedryl, which would also not work because it would dry up my milk. Finally he told me to try the claritin and pepsid. It helped a little bit, but not worth it to me to take meds everyday. At this point I will get 7-15 outbreaks a day and they could show up anywhere on my body, and I mean ANYWHERE. You ladies have given me hope that this will end! Only 1.5 months left!

Melissa - posted on 11/01/2012

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Well, firstly I want to mention a couple of things I have first as in they might be factors in this forum with the hives: I have sickle-cell trait(according to doctors) this was diagnosed at my birth, doctors told my mom I have rare blood decease also at birth, and besides dealing with a little anemia every now and then, I have been healthy all my adult life,no problems whatsoever;

I have 5 kids total and during those firsts 3 pregnancies I had really bad chest pain it felt like my heart was being squeezed, but always as usual doc would say nothing was wrong after ekg and oxygen tests, so I never worried about it,it was just uncomfortable... with my 3rd child I also felt something like a ballon feeling near my lungs... no diagnosis for that feeling either, but that's when the hives started after his birth. after birth doc said my blood wouldn't clot or something... sickle cell trait causes this sometimes thne he put me on a steroid in the hospital that i went home with and took for about a month, then stopped because they made me gain extreme weight when I am a small gal... but that;s when the hives started they were terrible!!! I to my obgyn and he reffered me to another doctor which was at a cancer research center..why?!I dont know, but I went there and every week for 3 weeks he ran millions of test but to no avail he couldn't find a cause, but me personally i got tired of going giving them all my bllod so I just didnt go anymore. I was breastfeeding but stopped after hives appeared, the hives got worse!!! with everything, drinking water, washing, letting water touch my hands, anything and everthing set me off!! if i did absolutely nothing no hives but the minute i did normal life things hives and i took every kind of allergy meds they made them worse so no relief even with meds. to tmake a long story short my fingers swoll up turned purple, i became faint,but i refused to go to docs they knew nothing and as much as i knew so... i dealt with this uo until my son was almost 8 months, then i was healed....by the Lord :-). of course after 4 yrs.no signs of anything but i still was afraid to have anymore kids after that but i ust got married and he wanted kids so i thought different guy it'll be different(btw only 2 fathers ) after i had my girl no problems at doc, hospital , or ater i came home... until i got the flu... i did not stop breastfeeding as i was adviced not to by doc, so i took benagyrl..it dried my millk, so i stopped bf, but then itchy palms red palms and hives on my hands and bottom of feet, only in the 1st instant of those hives were they all over my body and extreme, but this time only on hands and arms, and a itchy foot.. my baby was 3 mmonths when this happened so later than the first time too. they also went away on their own 2wks after flu was gone... now i have my last child and he is 1 month a boy of course and like my other boy i have hives... i am breastfeeding ..... i have not taken any meds yet.. but itchy hands very mild though and a few raised hives on back of hand and arm... let me mention though the morning it started was the morning i entertained crazy thoughts to my mind and went completly off! on my husband, later like 30min.later i began breaking out... I said all that to say I do believe its related to stress and breastfeeding due to both releasing hormones causing a inbalance in your body. My advice pray, stay calm as much as you can , and breastfeed so log as it isn't too bothersome, but avoid constant meds and other remedies until afteryou've tried natural means first. thanks for reading and good luck with you all. P.S IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A BUNDLE LIKE ME 5+ KIDS JUST THANK GOD WITH THAT AND SPARE YOURSELF THE PAIN ... NO MORE KIDS :-))

Yxia - posted on 06/15/2011

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OMG! Im not alone! yaaaaaay! I've breastfed for 15 months already and plan to for a little longer. I AM the Queen of hives! Head to toe almost every single day! It's awful and sometimes i cant even focus if I don't get them under control with benadryl. I'm hoping once I stop breastfeeding her the hives will be gone. My hubby did some research and found that dark beer of the sort helps! Apparently its some deficiency we suffer, some lack of something,after the baby has finished nursing and something in beer helps replace it. I knowit sounds crazy but ive had one beer (example: guinness) for the past 3 nights and my skin has been flawless, no itchies no benadryl. I drink it after baby's final round before bedtime. No, I'm not becoming an alcoholic,LOL, but it's comforting for now, although I doubt highly I'll drink a beer everyday! good luck sweetie!

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I myself have also wondered if the hives I've been getting are due to breastfeeding. My son was born in January 2011. I started getting the hives in the middle of September, a little over 8 months after the start of bf. Since then, I have had every allergy test possible (food, animals, molds, feathers, etc.) And all but a moderate mold allergy (alternaria) was all they found. My primary did tons of organ tests, blood test, xrays, etc. to try and figure it out... nothing. They only thing I was told to do is take Claritin & PepcidAC(which is another type of antihistamine, which I didn't realize) and those two seemed to help, MOST of the time! But i'd still get the hives! I do wonder if its due to the crazy hormones bc of breastfeeding but I wasn't going to stop just bc of it! They have since slowed down & are not ALL over like they were but whats odd recently over the past few months, I've noticed that it seems like just before I start my period, I have a few days of NO hives at all! I also noticed in the evening, when I'd pump, I always broke out in the hives while doing that, it seemed odd. My son is about to be 13months so I think within the next few months I will stop the nursing bc I'd like to have a few months to "get back to normal" before trying to have another. I'd love to know if they stopped for anyone after they stopped nursing... oh, I've also wondered if my Rh- had anything to do with it. I don't think so but just curious if others with the same problem are that too? Best of luck to everyone! Try the non-drowsy Claritin & pepcidAc, both safe while bf! & the baby could just be sensitive to the formula u were supplementing with. It takes time to adjust, at least a week & really it could be a number of things such as your diet while bf, etc that could cause babys bowels to be off. Trial & error unfortunately are the only ways we figure it out. Ur instincts r usually right though.

Sarah - posted on 12/19/2011

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My son is 7 months old and last week I started breaking out in hives. I am currently nursing him and supplementing w/ formula when needed. At first I was wondering what could be causing this (nothing in my diet, no new soap, etc) but now I'm wondering if it's from BF-ing. I'd never heard of this before! When it happened for the first time last week I broke out pretty much everywhere on my body, including my neck and face- had to go to the ER and get a steroid shot and they put me on a 5-day steroid burst. They seem to still be coming thru the steroids though. It's just frustrating because they make me so uncomfortable!

Amber - posted on 04/13/2011

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I got hives after my first baby, they started on my stomach and spread down my legs, across my chest and started going down my arms. After trying numerous things that failed, I finally had to get a shot of Bynadryl in the tush. I felt that shot for months (I'm a baby when it comes to needles) but it sure cleared the rash up in a hurry.

Summer - posted on 04/11/2011

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I would check out www.kellymom.com and see what is on there. I would check into natural remedies first. My son gets hives and I went to a health food store and got him some stuff that really seems to help.

Jessann - posted on 04/10/2011

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mustard yellow, and really runny diarrhea can also be rota-virus though.

Ann Marie - posted on 04/09/2011

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I get hives too, mostly on my belly and lower back. I never tied it to breastfeeding, but it has only been since DD was born. Hm. I'm taking a Claritin every day, and that works pretty well, and it doesn't interfere with breastfeeding. The hives are so itchy, it's worth it!

Melissa - posted on 04/09/2011

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I had bad hives after having both children and it wasn't related to breastfeeding. I saw an allergist and dermatologist. They said it had them because of my immune system going berserk. I sometimes get hives and I have eczema. Right after having both babies my legs were covered in hives. I had to take Allegra (BTW it's an antihistamine and antihistamine lower milk supply). It also got worse when I ate certain foods (wheat, certain spices, etc.). In addition to the Allergra I had to use topical creams twice a day like Triamcimolone. They go away once hormones and your immune system settle down but I would see a dermatologist if I were you. Have the poop checked also because poops are watery and seedy from nursing. It doesn't get solid til solid foods are introduced. Good luck!

Rebekah - posted on 04/06/2011

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I'm not sure if it was related to breastfeeding or not, but I got hives when I weaned both of my children. Both times it lasted about 6 weeks and it was absolutely miserable. I had to take a benadryl at some point every single day. I've heard that it's common for people to get hives for an extended period of time due to stress too... so it could just be a result of having a new baby and all the changes that are taking place in your life.

Oh, and the poop sounds perfectly normal for a 6 week old. I think it's pretty common to see the yellow seedy type poop after almost every diaper change.

Katie - posted on 04/06/2011

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I got hives under my breasts and down onto my stomach up until my son was about a year. My doctor had no idea what caused them but i always had a feeling they were because of breastfeeding. A cold compress helped the itching a bit but i never took any medication for it.

Shannon - posted on 04/06/2011

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he is 6 weeks. his diapers are extremely full and it is a mustard yellow color.

Havefaith09michaia11 - posted on 04/06/2011

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hum may be that explanes why my chin and neck iches. I am not borken out in hives or any thing. But am going to keep going because I know it will go away.

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