Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Concerned mom | 2008/09/24

Q.

Breastfeeding and cholesterol meds

I' ve been medication for my extremely high cholesterol (9 when I was only 4 years) all my life that is a genetic problem in my family. I stopped taking them when i was pregnant and now I' ve been breastfeeding my son for 2 months. I just learned that my cholesterol is still much to high and it' s been recommended that I start taking Crestor 20mg pills again.

Is it safe to continue breastfeeding or should I rather switch to formula? Or is their perhaps some other milder medication I can take and still continue breastfeeding?

My son also has many dirty nappies a day (around 15 times in 24 hours) which cuases him to sleep poorly as he is restless all the time and I often need to wake him to change his nappy, which obviously leads to a lot of crying. Tests have been done on his stool and apparently it' s perfectly normal. I' ve also been told by his Paediatrician that what I eat won' t make much of a difference. I eat no dairy products and none of the things people say that could cuase the problem anyway.

I only want the best for my son, but wouldn' t switching to formula be better for both of us? Me and my husband are allergic to cow' s milk, so if I did I would use NAN HA straight away.

I really wan' t to continue breastfeeding, I' m just a bit clueless right now!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You obviously need to go back onto your Crestor treatment as soon as possible.. The safety of Crestor in breastfeeeding has not been established but is probably contraindicated.If both you and your husband are allergic to milk then NAN HA will be a good start for your baby. It is only partially modified so may not solve his milk allergy problem completely. Please write in again if you need further advice.

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