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What would you do???

As you all know my issues with mastitis have played out on this site. Short review... On Thursday the 29th I was placed on one type of antibiotic for mastitis on the right side and was told to not give Thalia what I pumped since I had simply in the freezer. On the 8th I was placed on another type of antibiotic, dicloxacillin, for mastitis on my left. Right side seems to have cleared up. Once again doc said to not give the baby what I pump but give her of my reserves. Follow up appointment on the 12th he did not have the results back from the culture he took, said things look good and to finish the antibiotics, don't give her the milk from me yet. Today I called to see if they had the results and to tell him my reserves were going to end before I was done with the antibiotics (I probably have enough for all of sunday and maybe some Monday but that's all) my last day of antibiotic is monday. I explained that to the nurse who called me back (the lab could not process the culture?) she was going to let the dr know and call me back.

Would you go ahead and give your baby your expressed milk once your frozen supply is finished being on antibiotics for an infection? I have technically been on antibiotics since the 29th.... I'm torn. Do I really have to start formula now when I've worked so hard to get to where I am? the dr didnt tell me to follow up btw

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Is it an antibiotic that isn't safe while breastfeeding?? I've breastfed while on antibiotics for mastitis so I'm not sure why they'd tell you not to feed her that milk. Your milk is perfectly fine while you have mastitis, it can't get baby sick or anything so as long as the antibiotic is safe for breastfeeding I'd definitely give her any milk you pump while on it. The website kellymom.com has a lot of info on what's safe while breastfeeding if you want to check

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Whats the name and dosage of everything you are on? I'll look it up in medications and mothers milk.

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If you are on only Dicloxacillin 250 mg (the normal dose) it is rated per medications and mothers milk to be an L1 drug, which is the safest possible rating for breastfeeding and shows NO contraindications to breastfeeding. Here is the wording from the book:

"Dicloxacillin is an oral penicillinase resistant penicillin frequently used for peripheral (non-CNS) infections caused by staph. aureus and Staph. epidermidis infections, particularly mastitis. Following oral administration of a 250 mg dose, milk concentrations of the drug were 0.1, and 0.3 mg/L at 2 and 4 hours after the dose respectively. Levels were undectable after 1-6 hours. Compatible with breastfeeding. Observie for diarrhea or candida diaper rash"

According to this information you have NO reason that you cannot safely feed her your milk and freeze what you don't feed! Remember, many doctors don't do the researche on the drugs or look up the risks. They just use the blanket statement of "don't breastfeed while taking" to avoid possible problems

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yep, what Cherrykitten said.

it annoys the crap out of me, I have SO many moms come in on stuff like amoxicillin crying because they've been told not to feed their baby until they come off the antibiotics.

There ARE medicatiosn that are unsafe to breastfeed while taking, but except in rare situations, there are ALWAYS safer options. If they tell you you cant breastfeed while on them, then ask for one that you CAN breastfeed while taking.

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We have such wonderful, knowledgable ladies on this site!

Thank you!!!

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"ekcanada" wrote:

We have such wonderful, knowledgable ladies on this site!

Thank you!!!

I agree, we're very lucky!!!

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The medicine is Dicloxacillin 500mg - one capsule every 6 hours for ten days. Started 10/8/11.

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"ekcanada" wrote:

We have such wonderful, knowledgable ladies on this site!

Thank you!!!

Omg yes! Such a valuable asset, I'm so happy to have you guys. Thanks a million!!

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"Starflyr" wrote:

yep, what Cherrykitten said.

it annoys the crap out of me, I have SO many moms come in on stuff like amoxicillin crying because they've been told not to feed their baby until they come off the antibiotics.

There ARE medicatiosn that are unsafe to breastfeed while taking, but except in rare situations, there are ALWAYS safer options. If they tell you you cant breastfeed while on them, then ask for one that you CAN breastfeed while taking.

Every medicine or anything that they give me I always ask if it's safe while breastfeeding and they said it's fine. that's why I don't get why they would tell me to dump. Thanks again ladies!!

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I was on antibiotics last year for mastitis/lymphangitis while nusing my daughter. They told me they were safe to take while breastfeeding. I would defiantely find out whether the ones you are on are safe or not and not let an uneducated doctor try to sabatoge your breastfeeding.