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    Default Antibiotics while breastfeeding

    I'm just wondering if anyone has taken clindamycin while breastfeeding?
    I've just had a few days in hospital with quite a bad infection and was on 2 different antibiotics through my iv. One was flagyl, but I'm not sure of the other. Needless to say my 4 week old bub has been quite unsettled, with runnier nappies. My obstetrician has switched me to clindamycin orally to go home with. I was reading about some pretty horrible side effects that I could potentially get, but also that it shouldn't be taken while breastfeeding. My ob said it would be ok, but I just wanted to see if anyone else had experience with it.

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    I'm not sure which but I was discharged from hospital after having DD on antibiotics. That name sounds familiar but i can't be sure. I did notice she was unsettled a little, the longer I was on them the worse she got. I started taking probiotics (or pre? I never know the difference) and that made her a little better. She got better very quickly when I stopped. Maybe head to the chemist and ask about what you can do to help bub out?

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    Hi I was on that IV during labour as I was strep b positive but only had two doses and was finished before breastfeeding.

    What I usually do if I'm unsure of a drug is to ring either the poisons line (if it's after hours) or mothersafe (during business hours). Both of these have the black breastfeeding drug book which is much more thorough than mims and the drugs listed have been specifically tested for breastfeeding. Just give them a call to reassure yourself.

    Also maybe try spacing your antibiotics apart from feeding. Take them just after a feed and with food so you digest them better. Good luck


 

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