I am due with my first child on Nov. 23. I have Crohn's disease and am on the immunosuppressant Imuran. After speaking with my GI doctor, he has advised me to pump and dump 4 hours after I take my medicine as that is how long it is found in the breastmilk. I only have to take one dose per day.
How do I meet my newborn's needs if there is a period of several hours every day when I can't feed? Will I be able to pump at other times during the day to get enough milk to cover this period? How do I avoid nipple confusion? Any advice would be appreciated. I am determined to breast feed but I also cannot stop taking my meds at it would put me at a high risk for relapse.