I have no idea where she got this info. My 2010 edition of Medications and Mothers Milk by Dr. Thomas Hale, professor of pediatrics at Texas A&M University, says there IS NO DATA on hydrocodone levels in milk. Hale bases his rating (L3, moderately safe) on studies that show minimal effects of mother's dosages of 5mg every 4 hours or more on nursing infants particularly older infants. BTW there are 5 ratings, L1 to L5, and only L5's are contraindicated. Ibuprofin is rated L1. (safest) That is the other ingredient in Vicoprophin is my understanding.
Okay, so I called my pediatrician and asked the drugs safety. The person who answered was I think just a front desk worker and looked it up in their mother's milk book. She told me that it was not safe because it goes through the breast milk and that I should pump and dump.
There is no doubt Infantrisk knows much more about this than someone who is just reading from the book-even if they have the right book-Medications and Mothers Milk, Dr. Hales book, which is possible. But if they are telling you to pump and dump when taking vicodin they are misreading his suggestions.
Then I called infant risk and was told it was okay to take, that I should just feed him first and then take it, then wait a few hours to feed him again.
I'm feeling so conflicted. My husband wanted to listen to whatever the pediatrician said, but it seemed like the woman I spoke with at infant risk was much more knowledgeable than just looking it up in a book.
Ugh. I wonder if I can get by without taking it at all.