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Temporaryname137 Fri 18-Nov-16 11:36:52

I had to go to A&E on Monday night with suspected gallbladder issues and they prescribed me cocodamol and buscopan. I took 4 cocodamol and 4 buscopan on Mon night; 4 of each on Tue; 2 of each on Wed; 2 of each on Thu and that's it.

DD is 14 months so I've just been giving her breastmilk at night, but haven't done so since before hospital on Monday because of the drugs. I don't think I am going to need to take any more painkillers now unless it flares up again (I do have a dr's appointment to deal with whatever it is). Assuming there's still a bit of milk left in there, how long should I leave it before feeding DD? Or should I just accept that it's time to give up?

I was planning to give up shortly soon anyway, it's just that I like it - it's the only time she is happy to be still on me and have a cuddle these days! I never thought I'd say that, I hated it at first, but now I would be a bit sad to think I'd done it for the last time.

Andromache77 Fri 18-Nov-16 11:48:47

Check out this website (it has an English version): www.e-lactancia.org

I just conducted a trial search and couldn't find cocodamol but maybe you could try with the active ingredient instead; it does give info on buscopan, tap on the active ingredient's name access more data.

Hope this helps. Maybe you should just call your HV or GP for guidance.

I get the sadness about stopping. We also a tough start but now that my DD is over two I know that we should stop but she loves it and so do I.

ChangingNamesAgain Fri 18-Nov-16 11:52:04

Both fine, I bf on them and drs allways ok'd it. There's a specialist pharmasist at breaSt support network you can check with.

Bubbles1986 Fri 18-Nov-16 11:53:37

I breastfed whilst on 240mg of codeine a day from birth which was prescribed straight after birth so they were well aware, I never noticed any side effects on my prem 3lb baby and continued on it till he was 6 months, I never even questioned it...... Thing is now I look back and think, what the hell!!!! It just doesn't seem right I was allowed to do that, its a very strong drug, but maybe only small amounts transfer over to breastmilk??

ChangingNamesAgain Fri 18-Nov-16 11:53:57

*breast feeding support network

ChangingNamesAgain Fri 18-Nov-16 11:55:12

The tiniest amounts transfer over, there are very few drugs that you can't breast feed on, if you check with the breastfeeding support network pharmasist for research.

Bubbles1986 Fri 18-Nov-16 11:55:36

www.drugs.com/breastfeeding/codeine.html. my God I really can't believe they let me do that!!!!

What mg co-codamol are u on?

PinkSwimGoggles Fri 18-Nov-16 11:55:36

the bfn (breast feeding network) have comprehensive lists on all sorts of medicines and their suitability whilst breast feeding.

Temporaryname137 Fri 18-Nov-16 12:01:49

Great, thanks all. The boxes are at home, so I will check the strength and then those websites tonight. Really useful smile

Rainydayspending Fri 18-Nov-16 12:04:12

I breastfed on cocodamol for gallstone pain (so if not now it used to be ok).

SockQueen Fri 18-Nov-16 12:09:29

Bubbles the guidance for codeine and breastfeeding has only changed within the last couple of years, so if your DC is older than about 2, it wouldn't have been unusual.

DrQuinzel Fri 18-Nov-16 12:13:19

DD is almost 4 and BF until 3.They gave us co-codamol and oramorph in hospital post c-section, stating it was fine. I understand the guidance has changed recently though.

reallyanotherone Fri 18-Nov-16 12:14:36

Nottingham hospital have a drugs in breastmilk dept within their pharmacy.

Phone and ask.

ElphabaTheGreen Fri 18-Nov-16 12:17:15

The Breastfeeding Network have a drugs while breastfeeding Facebook page. Lots of info on there - it's supported by a pharmacist with a special interest in the area so this resource through the BfN is the best there is.

MothButterfly Fri 18-Nov-16 12:21:35

Yes like other posters have mentioned, you need the breastfeeding network drugs in breast milk Web page. There is a specialist pharmacist Wendy Jones who you can email if you can't find enough info on the online factsheets.

Bubbles1986 Fri 18-Nov-16 13:17:52

Ah he's 6 so that makes sense. Well no lasting affectsnto him so alls well that ends well I guess

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