I had an Anal sphincterotomy yesterday, so have been prescribed movicol to ease passing motions whilst the stitches heal, the nurse told me not to breastfeed for a couple of days, and actually was very of the opinion that i could use the opportunity to stop as my DS is 14 mths, i have been up through the night with DS crying and trying to pull of my top as he doesnt understand why he can't feed, he would not take a bottle for me yet he often takes a bottle in the day,problem is, not only am i struggling with the pain in my back passage (stiches are killing me), but my boobs are throbbing and i dont have a breast pump to relieve it, Basically i don't want to be stopping if i don't have to, i have tried to look it up but the responses aren't really conclusive, has any one else taken this whilst breastfeeding please !
Looking more, the drug works by sucking up water in your gut - it doesn't pass into your bloodstream, never mind into your milk. The active ingredient is macrogol. [url=http://www.tg.org.au/etgdemo/tgc/plg/breastfeedingm.htm]This[/url] page says macrogol is compatible with breastfeeding.
It's good you don't want to stop, you and your son have had enough disruption, why go through stopping breastfeeding now, too.
Well - the BNF (british national formulary) says "manufacturer advises avoid unless essential" - which generally means that they haven't done the studies to say whether it is safe or not in breast feeding. In terms of the movicol itself - it is an osmotic laxative so it stays in the bowel and draws water in (essentially) so you shouldn't be absorbing any of it to pass on in breast milk. I think the worry is that because it can cause changes in your blood salts, that added to breast feeding which can dehydrate too might make you a bit peaky.