Childhood Diseases

Posted by: TJ | 2012/10/10


Klacid and breastfeeding

I have a throat infection and my GP prescribed antibiotik klacid. I am breastfeeding ( my baby is nearly six months old), is it safe for the baby if I do take this antibiotik? The GP told me that it is not as safe as penicilin but it is given to babys sometimes. I have taken penicilin earlier but then the infection came back so now she put me on this antibiotik.

Expert's Reply



There is no information on whether Klacid [clarithromycin] is excreted into breastmilk or not. The manufacturers recommend caution. I would advise against you taking Klacid while breastfeeding your baby.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/10/11

IN case its not clear from my message, I''m not a medical person and have no idea if the antibiotic you have been prescribed is safe or not.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/10/11

If your doctor says its not safe, then ask him or her to rather prescribe something that is compatible with breastfeeding - often if you ask and explain how important breastfeeding is to you, a doctor will change the medication. If not, then change doctors.

Most doctors use a reference book on medicines with informaiton from the pharmeceutical companies - which mostly says everything is unsafe for breastfeeding. There is a book by Dr Thomas Hale called Medications in Mothers MIlk, its the most complete reference book on the effects of medicines on baby and on moms milk supply where relevant. You can ask your doctor if he or she has checked in there, or ask a pharmacist to check in there for you (most will have a copy) or contact an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who will have the latest copy of this book. Some doctors are certified as IBCLC''s, so you might like to change to a GP who is.

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