antibiotics and breastfeeding..??? any suggestion

Gina - posted on 10/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if any one has ever taken Flagyl and breastfed at the same time. I have read like thirteen articles several saying that its OK and a few that say don't do it. My daughter pediatrician said its OK to take it but the pharmacist said that there is not enough study to say its OK so don't do it. And then i had a friend who breastfed while taking it. IM just torn as what to do. Any suggestions any personal stories let me know

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Catherine - posted on 10/13/2010

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I actually took 4 courses of Flagyl while I was breastfeeding my son. I was shown a book that has it listed as an L2 (I'm assuming you're not using it as an acne medicine, that's the link Jennifer included). My baby had no ill effects from it. I'm not sure why you're taking it, but when I did it, I had absolutely no choice, it was too dangerous not to take it. Good Luck.

Catherine - posted on 10/15/2010

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I was scared too, but it was alright. I'm not sure what you have, but I had C. Difficile, so I had to take it or I would just keep getting sicker. If it makes you feel better, if the baby were to get the infection, it's the same medicine your baby would be given to treat, so it really is ok.



Just so you know, it's exceptionally dangerous to have ANY alcohol on this medicine (that includes using mouthwash, etc.). My doctor made sure to emphasize that, but I just wanted to make sure you knew too. I found it was also hard on my stomach, so I always ate a little when I took it.



Good luck and I hope you feel better. I had to take it 4 times because the infection kept coming back, so please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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Jamie Ann - posted on 04/08/2014

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Call lactation consultant. They know most about this stuff. I was told no breastfeeding while on flagyl by doc and pharmacist but lactation consultant said it was ok to do and they know most about breast milk and how it affects baby!

Melissa - posted on 10/16/2010

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The only thing I would add is to make sure to take probiotics and give some to your LO if possible to avoid thrush and other "complications" from taking antibiotics. L2 is not a concerning rating IMO. GL!

Gina - posted on 10/16/2010

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no other drug that can be used while breastfeeding and with this infection the only other med to treat what i have is vancomyacyn

Catherine - posted on 10/15/2010

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Ask for a different antibiotic if you're concerned and I would tend to go straight to the pharmacist and ask for alternatives and then consult doctor.

Minnie - posted on 10/15/2010

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http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/se...



Flagyl (metronidazole) entry from a database of drugs and breastfeeding. Current accurate research and peer reviewed.



Your local La Leche League Group should also have a copy of Thomas Hale's Medications and Mother's Milk which will provide the most up to date information on breastfeeding and medications. Leaders are available by phone or e-mail. http://www.llli.org/webindex.html



Your pharmacist is telling you not to use it based on the drug insert, which typically contraindicates breastfeeding on the basis of liability. It's not based on current research. Most drugs are compatible with breastfeeding.

Gina - posted on 10/14/2010

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same thing for me to dangerous not to take it.. My babies pediatrician told me its a L2 and that it was safe and that it would not harm the baby other then maybe give her mild GI upset. However I was still feeling a little nervous.

Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2010

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this is what i found:
flagyl is Metronidazole

according to kellymom, its lactation risk is L3:
L3 MODERATELY SAFE:
There are no controlled studies in breastfeeding women, however the risk of untoward effects to a breastfed infant is possible; or, controlled studies show only minimal non-threatening adverse effects. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant.
http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/acne...

oral antibiotics put you both at risk for thrush, so if you do decide to go forward with this medication, i would advise you to also talk to your pharmacist about both you, and your babe taking probiotics. you don't need a prescription for probiotics but your pharm can help you figure out how much each of you should be taking in order to prevent thrush.

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