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Extended BF taking tetracycline - anyone done this?

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philmassive Fri 22-Aug-08 21:05:55

Hi, I am still BF my DS (21 months) but have just been prescribed a week's course of tetracycline as I've got a chest infection I can't shift.

The doctor told me that I should stop BF as the tetracycline is not good for DS.

However, I have looked up on t'internet and most reports seem to say that it's safe for short term use.

I am also inclined to think that for a strapping 21 month old it would be less problematic than for a littlie.

Anyone done this? I am loathe to give up, allowing for the fact that DS is my last and we both still love BF I am very sad to stop for this reason. However, don't want to make DS ill obviously.

Anyone done this, or doctors with an informed opinion? All thoughts would be appreciated.

StormInanEcup Sat 23-Aug-08 14:03:02

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crokky Sat 23-Aug-08 14:20:25

Can you get a different antibiotic?

I took a weeks worth of erythromycin (sp?) whilst excl bf my DS when he was 4 months. It gave him diarohea (sp!?) but that was expected and didn't harm him at all, doc warned me in advance and said not to worry. I had an infected wisdom tooth so needed it.

Re the stopping bf, I don't think so. Even if the tetracycline was bad, you could express & chuck milk away for a week and the resume feeding afterwards.

philmassive Tue 26-Aug-08 07:13:05

Thanks everyone. I decided to take the risk and so far with no ill effects.

The thought of adding to my feeling rotten with the chest infection by making my ds miserable too was too much to handle!

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