Re: Traumatized with Lyme Disease
Mama, please don't beat yourself up because you have to take an antibiotic! It's really not a big deal. The quantity that comes through in your milk is very small, and the absolute worst it can do to your kid is give her a bit of gastrointestinal disturbance, and that's not even likely in my experience. Give her some probiotics and she will be fine. Actually, even if you don't give her the probiotics she will be fine! Plenty of us have taken antibiotics- many of which are much stronger than Augmentin- while nursing, and our kids haven't had a moment of distress from it. It's way worse to see mama suffering and sick!
I encourage you to let go of your pride over not taking anything while nursing. First of all, most of the things we moms worry about coming through our milk are just not a big deal. Take an aspirin. Have a drink once in a while. Take the antibiotics if you need them! And second, being a breastfed baby or toddler is worth the price of some incidental exposure to whatever weird things are in your milk from time to time. It's not like a single pill makes your milk worthless. It just paints a slightly more complex biochemical picture for your child's body to figure out. And finally, the amount you are nursing isn't that huge, and your kid is a toddler. It's not like your baby is a brand-new newborn with a really fragile digestive system, who is totally reliant on your milk.
If you're worried about your child getting Lyme through your milk- which you should not be- then get her tested. If you live in a Lyme-heavy area, it's probably a very good idea to get your kid a test every year or so anyway, because a lot of people get Lyme without ever noticing that they had an attached tick. Those deer ticks are TINY!
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