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    Default Is azithromycin safe?

    I think I have strep (rapid was negative but I have all the classic signs) and my doctor prescribed azithromycin. My daughter's peds office said it was safe but the pharmacist says that it's safe for pregnant women and unknown for breastfeeding. I called the Dr. on-call and have yet to hear back.

    Anyone taken this and continue to breastfeed their baby? Just looking for advice.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Is azithromycin safe?

    I took it, continued to nurse, and it was all fine. Hope you feel better soon. Strep sucks!
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    Very little research has been done on medications during breastfeeding, so for most medications nobody can say with certainty that they're safe while breastfeeding. However, the book Medications and Mothers' Milk covers what research has been done, and says that the one study available "would suggest that the level of azithromycin ingested by a breastfeeding infant is not clinically relevant," and lists it as an L2 (safer).
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    Default Re: Is azithromycin safe?

    That drug is also very frequently prescribed to babies for ear and upper respiratory infections. Its a good, broad-spectrum antibiotic and can cause some tummy upset. I'd make sure to eat it with some yogurt, but my daughter was on azithromycin several times before a 8mos of age for raging ear infections and it was fine. If babies can take it themselves, then why not nurse? Especially since much less passes through the milk
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    Default Re: Is azithromycin safe?

    Just wanted to give an update in case someone is in this situation later. My daughter has shown no side effects except she is pooping more but that could just be coincidental. Also, when I was at work, I wasn't able to pump as much (about 1-2 oz less total for the day), so slight dip in my supply but not enough to cause problems when I am with my daughter.

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    Default Re: Is azithromycin safe?

    I may have been because you were ill, too, not because of the medications (your slight dip in supply) I took that medication once while breastfeeding and it didn't seem to hurt, my daughter was also 18 mos at the time so breastmilk wasn't her primary source of nutrition then.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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