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    Default Testing breastmilk

    My bub is 5 months old and exclusively breastfed. She uses boob for feeding, settling and often to go to sleep. She occasionally gets a bottle of expressed milk but isn't great with taking them. I have just found out that I have to go onto a new medication that has not been researched with breastfeeding. My specialist said it should be ok but the gp said I shouldnt be the guiney pig. I have been trying to move her onto bottles so I can put her on formula but half the time it just ends up in a screaming mess of her just wanting the boob and refusing her bottle. We have tried a couple of different bottles and someone else feeding her.
    Is there anywhere to get breastmilk tested to see if the medication does pass through and at what level?

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    I've just found this http://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/...astfeeding.asp

    I would call Mothersafe and ask them what they think and if they can recommend somewhere to get your milk tested (if possible).

    Talk to your pharmacist too as they could recommend the best time to take your medicaton and the peak times it could enter your milk supply (you may like to try and work around this time with bf).

    I would probably go with my specialist over the GP in these instances and call the people above for more info. My specialist knows a huge amount about pregnancy/bf and drugs that I need to be on while my GP doesn't. My pharmacist was able to advise on the issues surrounding one of my meds and when I should avoid bf/how much actually enters the milk (in my case, not much at all). They can be a huge help.

    HTH.

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    It depends what the specialist is. My orthopaedic specialist knew almost nothing about breastfeeding and drug interactions and was very dismissive of any risks. Depending on their area of specialty, I would take the advice of a pharmacist over the specialist. On a related note, I found this website and App that covers a whole range of drugs and their interaction with breastfeeding/breast milk. It's an American site but still relevant. It's called 'LactMed'.
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/lactmed_announce_06.html

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    I remember a specialist being recommended on here awhile ago - apparently he's the guru in australia for this type of thing. I've just searched to see if I could find him and this came up:

    Dr Rodney White is a specialist in obstetric drugs (breastfeeding and pregnancy) and is a FANTASTIC resource if you're no sure how the drugs you might/are/have to take will affect breastfeeding and pregnancy. He is based at Monash Uni and is considered the Australian expert in this field. Anyone can call him - doctors, specialists and worried mummies. His number is: (03) 9594 2361. Open 9-5, Mon to Fri. Really nice guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnybambino View Post
    I remember a specialist being recommended on here awhile ago - apparently he's the guru in australia for this type of thing. I've just searched to see if I could find him and this came up:

    Dr Rodney White is a specialist in obstetric drugs (breastfeeding and pregnancy) and is a FANTASTIC resource if you're no sure how the drugs you might/are/have to take will affect breastfeeding and pregnancy. He is based at Monash Uni and is considered the Australian expert in this field. Anyone can call him - doctors, specialists and worried mummies. His number is: (03) 9594 2361. Open 9-5, Mon to Fri. Really nice guy!
    Agree 100% with Rodney Whyte, we as midwives ring him all the time, he's brilliant and so lovely!

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    Thank you ladies. Lactmed had a little information saying it should be ok but on there (and everywhere else) the study sample is 4 people. I will definitely give Dr Rodney a call.


 

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