Anyone breastfeed on methadone?

Jessica - posted on 04/25/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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really hoping to, however a friend of mines pedi wouldnt let her BF her son! :/ advice tips, stories and hope welcome, even if its not what I want to hear, I want to hear it!! thnx!

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Catherine - posted on 02/20/2015

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the newest research finds it safe and encouraged because the small amount of methadone or buprenorphine is safe for your baby and may help them with NAS symptoms. breastfeeding also offers a lot of skin to skin contact that also helps the baby and can make you feel more positive that you are doing so much to help your baby. how do you feel about breastfeeding while on methadone?

Stifler's - posted on 04/25/2012

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I agree with johnny it's recommended to breastfeed. is this about you or your friend? if it's you good luck with your baby and good luck with breastfeeding :)

Johnny - posted on 04/25/2012

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I do not have personal experience, but I do have friends who work with women in this situation and they are encouraged to breastfeed. I think there appears to be a fair amount of research suggesting it is safe.

Johnny - posted on 04/25/2012

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http://www.thewomens.org.au/methadone



Effects on pregnancy



Methadone maintenance treatment has been demonstrated to significantly improve pregnancy outcomes for opiate dependent women. Methadone does not increase the risk of congenital abnormalities in infants.



Methadone maintenance is known to:



•assist with stabilisation of drug use and lifestyle

•help provide a stable environment in your body for your baby, which can improve the health of your baby

•facilitate attendance for pregnancy care

•reduce the risk of blood borne viral infections including Hepatitis C and HIV

•reduce crime associated with drug use

•is safe in breastfeeding



Methadone should be commenced as soon as possible after pregnancy has been confirmed, or continued if you are already on a methadone program. You should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of methadone treatment with your health professional in order to make an informed decision about management during your pregnancy. Inpatient Methadone Stabilisation Program (.pdf) is available for you to download and print to find out more about the program offered at The Royal Women's Hospital.



Withdrawal from methadone treatment during pregnancy is strongly discouraged due to the risk of miscarriage, premature labour, fetal death and possible return to dependent heroin/opiate use.

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