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WRT breastfeeding and doctor?

(49 Posts)
FattyMcChubster Tue 23-Apr-13 19:46:24

Not sure if I am or not

Have an infection so went to see gp today and was prescribed antib's. Asked about thrush treatment at the same time as antib's usually give me thrush but explained I couldn't use a pessary at the moment and was it ok to have the tablet as I'm breastfeeding.
At this point the doctor realised I couldn't have the antib's he'd prescribed and became a bit dramatic for want of a better word. Ripped up the prescription in front of my face and was quite huffy getting his book out to look up what I could have. "you'll have to wait now while I look this up" that's fine, I'd rather be sure.
He then says "well there's nothing we can give you that's safe so you'll have to stop bf" shockhmm
I explained I didn't want to stop bf just like that. He said he would have to speak to a consultant and get back to me about what, if anything, I could have.

I just felt like I'd 'put him out' and he wasn't impressed I'd rather find another option. I shouldn't have to just stop bf should I? The infection isn't life threatening, obviously i wouldn't put my life at risk.

So, AIBU? Is it normal to have to stop bf if you need to take medication? I'm not normally good at standing up for myself so I was a bit blush at having to say 'no' (I'm much more of a walkover 'yes' person normally).

FattyMcChubster Tue 23-Apr-13 19:47:05

Dd is 10mo if that makes any difference so not ebf.

JuneChurch Tue 23-Apr-13 19:47:58

He is BU! What a ridiculous reaction!

alienbanana Tue 23-Apr-13 19:48:34

Totally not normal - what does he think women with mastitis do if not take antibiotics? confused

IneedAyoniNickname Tue 23-Apr-13 19:49:15

Some medications you can't take when you are bf, so yes you would have to give up however iirc there are some anti bs you can take. Check the bfn website at they have a drug info thing.

What a load of bullshit. I took fluoxacillin for mastitis and BFed throughout. GP obviously can't be arsed looking up BFing friendly meds.

DS did end up with oral thrush when I was on them but you can buy Daktarin oral gel OTC if that happens.

Twat (GP, that is).

HungryClocksGoBackFourSeconds Tue 23-Apr-13 19:49:57

Drs can be arseholes about bf. No idea why but I've had a fair few huffy responses to inconveniencing them by feeding my child!!

Ignore, his problem not yours, well done and keep up the good work!

(BTW there are antibiotics that are perfectly safe for bf, specify that you want a different dr next time)

FattyMcChubster Tue 23-Apr-13 19:50:17

Got into a bit of a Convo with the lady in the pharmacy who asked the same thing which make me wonder if I was being unreasonable! "could you not swap to formula?"
Why should I have to?!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Tue 23-Apr-13 19:51:29

Surely it's very basic to ask a woman of childbearing age (and has birth notes attached to medical notes) if she is BFing from the outset.

And surely, surely there are antibiotics that are safe?! I think I might even have had some after birth for 3rd degree tear.

How rude and badly handled.

Munxx Tue 23-Apr-13 19:52:07

I'm breastfeeding and on amoxicillin at the moment (have an emergency thrush treatment in the cupboard too just in case)

My GP was lovely, he was delighted that I was bfing DS!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Tue 23-Apr-13 19:53:49

Do people really think it's ok, and even possible, to just stop BFing? Just like that?

To think, I was put out when it was suggested and ds was well over a year.

MigGril Tue 23-Apr-13 19:54:35

No you defiantly shouldn't need to stop breastfeeding there are very few drugs that are not breastfeeding compatible.

You need to get in touch with the drugs inbreastfeeding helpline www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/drugs-in-breastmilk.html. They can be contacted by your gp to if he needs clarification on what he can give. You can take antibiotic but just depends on which ones and yes the age of the baby can make a differences.

Hope you get some good support from your gp, or you could go see another one at your practice.
Oh and is also complain they are actually trained to assume you are breastfeeding unless you say otherwise.

FattyMcChubster Tue 23-Apr-13 19:54:49

Underwater, dd was sitting in the room with me! It was only because I mentioned it that he checked. hmm

ipswichwitch Tue 23-Apr-13 19:55:06

I got the same attitude from a rheumatologist I was under. I had to see him when DS was 2 months old and EBF as my arthritis flared badly. He did say I could have a steroid injection while BF (before DS was born) but not my usual tablets.

So when I went in I said I'd like to try the injection he said no, go back on your tablets. He did a complete about face and refused to give me an injection even though he had previously agreed to it (witnessed too). There was no reason whatsoever for this. I got ushered out into the nurses room where I got patronised by 2 nurses who did their damnedest to make me feel like a hysterical, precious mother for wanting to continue BF (that we worked so hard to establish). I left in tears and changed rheumatologist immediately. The new one is wonderful ad failed to understand what the old one was on about and has been wonderfully supportive of me bf.

I guess the point of that rant (sorry!) is to get a second opinion from someone who will give you the time of day and listen without making you feel like a waste of time.

neontetra Tue 23-Apr-13 19:55:34

Totally out of order.

neontetra Tue 23-Apr-13 19:56:40

I mean him, obviously, not you.

DoJo Tue 23-Apr-13 19:58:13

I suppose it depends if there are suitable antibiotics which can be taken whilst breastfeeding - my GP rang the biochemistry dept at our local hospital to check some for me when I was EBF as I didn't want to stop (my son was only about 3 months at the time) and it was a bit of a performance, but she found some in the end. I suppose I can understand him maybe being a bit annoyed that you didn't mention that you were breastfeeding in the first place, but if he is going to consult with someone who can help then he is doing what you want now, so I'm not sure what more you can ask for.

sparklekitty Tue 23-Apr-13 19:58:23

What a twat! My gp almost prescribed me an anti inflammatory that I couldn't take while bf-ing, good job I asked really.

I've had mastitis twice and taken amoxicillin, was told its perfectly safe while breastfeeding, also given it while I was preg.

Idiot doc, I'd complain to the practice tbh

ShowOfHands Tue 23-Apr-13 19:58:24

There are plenty of bfing friendly antibiotics. I've had some for mastitis, one lot for a post-op infection and some for bronchitis (over 5yrs of bfing).

Please do complain. He needs training in bedside manner and in how to look things up in books.

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 23-Apr-13 20:01:02

YANBU at all.

There is usually absolutely no need to wean to take antibiotics as there are plenty that are bf compatible. Otherwise no bf mum would ever be able to treat severe mastitis without stopping bf!!

This is what I do any time I am prescribed an antibiotic (call me paranoid!):

1) tell dr I am bf
2) check it against this bf network list of safe antibiotics for bf:

www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/pdfs/Antibiotics_and_Breastfeeding_March_2009.pdf

3) double check with pharmacist when collecting it.

4) if in doubt call the bf network drugs in breastmilk line and speak to their trained pharmacist.

There is also a definitive book by Thomas Hale called Medications and Mother's Milk which lists drugs. Bf counsellors and the bf network have copies.

Gintonic Tue 23-Apr-13 20:01:11

Your dr is being ridiculous, not to mention extremely rude. He obviously does not know much about bf because as basket points out you can't just stop dead without risking mastitis. You should complain.

onehitwonder Tue 23-Apr-13 20:02:27

So annoying and a load of old rubbish. I definately have had antibiotics whilst breastfeeding and quite strong ones at that (for Pneumonia). Sorry I can't remember which type. The kellymom site has a link to some useful info on this:
kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/aap-approved-meds/

OHforDUCKScake Tue 23-Apr-13 20:03:50

I had similar when ds was a similar age, although my doctor wasnt agressive or dramatic like yours. Just asked me if I was really sure I wanted to carry on breast feeding?

Well yes, my son is allergic to everything else, plus Im not stopping breast feeding just because of a poxy ear infection.

Id be complaining big time about that doctore. He needs educating.

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 23-Apr-13 20:04:02

Btw really shocked he told you that you'd have to stop bf sad

What rubbish and lucky your dd that you are questioning him.

FattyMcChubster Tue 23-Apr-13 20:04:04

Dojo- I didn't think I had to tell him, as a trained medical professional with my notes in front of him and a baby in the room, I had assumed he would ask if it was relevant? Or no?
It was his attitude that made me question it, not of I could take them or not.

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