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    Unhappy Medication and breastfeeding

    Micah just turned one year on the 12th of May. I have been dealing with a possible UTI for about a month now. There have given me omnicef twice and it is not working. They want me to take ciprofloxacin now which is really bad for breastfeeding. I don't know what to do. Micah breastfeeds a lot throughout the day especially if we are home, really if we are out and busy he won't ask for it much. We still breastfeed at night before bed and he still wakes up to nurse about 3 times a night.

    I say a possible UTI because I only have a few symptoms and blood and something else in my urine. They are just guessing it is a UTI. I go back to the doctor next week and haven't yet picked up my prescriptions.

    anyone else deal with anythign like this and have any input? I want to be healthy and get better but can't bear the thought of telling my son "no" when he asks for milkies.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Medication and breastfeeding

    Before making any decisions about medication, I'd call Infant Risk: http://www.infantrisk.com/

    And maybe get a second opinion about the UTI? You don't want to go through the rigamarole with the antibiotics if they are not an appropriate treatment.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Default Re: Medication and breastfeeding

    Call infantrisk. They'll give you advice based on your specific situation. They're very pro-breastfeeding, and they'll help you make the right decision for your family.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    SW Ohio

    Default Re: Medication and breastfeeding

    Hi mama,

    According to Medications and Mother's Milk, ciprofloxacin is a L3 and states the following:
    If used in lactating mothers, observe the infant closely for GI symptoms such as diarrhea. Current studies seem to suggest that the amount of ciprofloxacin present in milk is quite low. Ciprofloxacin was recently approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use in breastfeeding women and it is becoming increasingly popular for use in pediatric patients.
    A possible alternative would be Ofloxacin, a L2.

    The studies referenced by Hale are on much younger infants. Potential side effects of some medications are less cause for worry once babies get older. How about calling Hale's Infant Risk Center (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm central time at (806)-352-2519) and speaking them about your specific case? They are wonderful, helpful people.

    Good luck and feel better soon, mama!
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