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Tetracycline and breastfeeding - your thoughts please
I have never been offered tetracycline while breastfeeding, and as soon as I had stopped, gp started prescribing it. I wouldnt take something that a doctor recommend you cant take if you are breastfeeding.
Does your baby really still need the breast, or is this more about what you want rather than what baby needs? I would put my own need for breastfeeding before the babys need to drink "clean" and healthy milk.
Isn't tetracycline one of the antibiotics linked with brown teeth? I think something in the antibiotic binds with the developing adult tooth that will already be developing under your baby's gum, resulting in unpleasantly stained teeth when the adult teeth come through. I THINK that's why tetracycline is not prescribed for children who do not yet have all their adult teeth through, but I might be talking through my bottom, so you'd probably better hope a dentist answers your question - or do some more research on the internet.
Yes it is linked to brown teeth. I was given tetracycline as a child and a lot of my teeth came through brown and crumbling. I used to be forever spitting out little bits of tooth as they fell apart. It really was horrible. Please do not take if you are breastfeeding.
Hang on, you've been given an informed opinion by your doctor, are you going to just dismiss it. Absolutely everything you eat or drink will appear in the breast milk and so your child will receive it the tetracycline whether he is strapping or not. This antibiotic causes problems below 8 years old although usually after a longer course but why on earth take the risk?
However there are loads of equally good antibiotics around and you should ask your GP why this particular one is necessary, had you been pregnant for instance an alternative would have been prescribed.
On the other hand, every cloud has a silver lining and at least your son's teeth will glow in the dark if he goes to a disco using Ultra Violet light.
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.
hi i am a dentist and yes tetracycline does cause permanent pretty nasty brown staining in the permanent teeth. this is very hard to treat effectively so it is absolutely not recommended to take this drug if you are still breastfeeding. the teeth are developing in the gums at this age. perhaps a different antibiotic?