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cheesesarnie Tue 29-Sep-09 20:15:45

asking for a friend-
shes just had a baby and has an infection so has been given antibiotics which gp said is ok to bf with but leaflet says not too.what to do?

CharCharGabor Tue 29-Sep-09 20:22:02

What's the name of the antibiotics?

wellbalanced Tue 29-Sep-09 20:23:13

I was given Flux....... (cant remember rest!!) and bf..

Mummy369 Tue 29-Sep-09 20:32:15

wellbalanced Flucloxacillin and breastfeeding is ok. Commonly given for Mastitis and wound infections post-natally.
cheesesarnie Difficult to comment withought knowing the particular antibiotic. Are you able to find out? Your friend hopefully has an enlightened GP who actually checks what can and can't be given when BF. The Breastfeeding Network are a good source of accurate advice and information, as is "Medications and Mothers Milk" edited by Thomas W. Hale 2008.

cheesesarnie Tue 29-Sep-09 20:48:29

metrodizional and arifromisin.(sp?)she has an infection of the womb

Tambajam Tue 29-Sep-09 20:57:26

I am looking in a breastfeeding network booklet with info on drugs.
Metronidazole says 'generally considered safe in breastfeeding, said to cause milk to taste unpleasant'.
Could the other one be Azithromycin?
Hale says it's fine: http://neonatal.ttuhsc.edu/discus/messages/40/423.html?1238090649

In both cases baby may get some loose stools and risk of thrush increases for mum and baby so she may want to get hold of some probiotics like lacto acidophilus capsules from the fridge in a health food shop.

PacificDogwood Tue 29-Sep-09 21:00:08

Or Erythromycin for the other one? If so, it can be used when BFing.

cheesesarnie Tue 29-Sep-09 21:03:48

i got it wrong-the second one was-erthromycin.
ive just tried googling but am rubbish!

thanks for help btw!im trying to introduce my friend to mn so she can see how lovely and helpful everyone is!

Tambajam Wed 30-Sep-09 07:00:22

Erthromycin is safe. There is one study that suggests it slightly increases the risk of pyloric stenosis (projectile vomiting is one symptom). The study looked at newborns.
Breastfeeding Network has no hesitation in saying it's safe.

cheesesarnie Thu 01-Oct-09 20:21:41

thankyou-i will pass it on.she was worried she would have to give up.

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