Childhood Diseases

Posted by: GRAN | 2010/10/20




My daughter has been put on antibiotics for 3 cysts. Her 9 month old LB is breastfed and was told not to breastfeed. He is refusing to take his expressed milk from the bottle.

What are the implications of the antibiotics on him should she breastfeed.

Expert's Reply



There is no doubt that traces of the antibiotic will pass into your daughter's breastmilk. Her baby will be exposed to small amounts of the antibiotic. This may be enough to kill the 'good bacteria'n his digestive system which aid in digestion and protect his immunity. As he completely refuses to drink from a bottle he obviously cannot carry on not feeding. So she will need to breastfeed him again and should give her baby a good probiotic such as Reuteri infant drops 5 drops daily by mouth for 10 days.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/10/20

Its best to ask a pharmacist about how much is excreted in breastmilk and what the effect is on baby. It will depend what antibiotic she is on though..

There are antibiotics that are quite fine to take when breastfeeding, so she should ask her doctor to rather prescribe one of those.

baby can get a bit of a runny tummy from the antibiotics. She should try to give baby a probiotic such as reuteri drops while mom is on the antibiotics.

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