Rx drugs and BFing

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TiggersMommy's picture
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Rx drugs and BFing

I had a nasty back spasm yesterday and the doctor gave me hydrocodone and valium after discussing the risks to my BFing toddler. According to Kellymom, both are in the L3 risk category (moderately safe). The main concern is sedation of the infant, which could increase the risk of SIDS.

DD only nurses about 3 times a day during the week, which made it easy yesterday. I took a dose (a half dose actually) right after nursing her and then waited 6 hours until I let her nurse again and I saw no indication that she was the least bit sedated. Weekends are always a free for all. I'm currently hiding in my bedroom just to stop the requests for "BOOOOOOBIES" and "UUUUUUP". I'm going a bit stir crazy. Any suggestions for how I might keep my boob monster off me the next few days? Am I being overly cautious?

Joined: 11/23/07
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i think the main concern with those meds is for smaller exclusivly BFed babies who would consume more of it. at this point i'd do what your doing, minimize your dose and minimize your nursing, but don't be too afraid of nursing as usual. i was given hydrocodone after the birth of my first and while pregnant because i had a rib out of place. i did look it up before i took it, but felt the risk was worth it in my case.

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Does keeping her busy (zoo, pool etc?) help with minimizing nursing? Then again that would require walking from you.... hmmmm, resort to TV perhaps? Maybe try nursing her a couple hours after a dose and seeing how she does with it to see how much it affects her?

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So far so good. I've mostly been hiding from her while DH deals with her. She's been doing well and I haven't noticed any effect at all after she nurses. I can't take her anywhere. Walking is OK but I can't drive and I can't pick her up. I've been begging DH to just take her somewhere for the day but he says he's fine at home. Great. I'm glad he's fine but I'd like to be able to leave my bedroom at some point.

Anyway, I'm feeling better today and I'm thinking today will be the last day of meds. DH is taking DD to a party for one of his coworkers later. That should give me a few hours of peace.