It all started with a comment from my husband one night as he pulled a bag of frozen peas from the freezer. “You have got to get rid of some of this breast milk, we are running out of space for our food. Seriously, our food is relegated to this little corner,” he pointed to a crowded spot next to the ice cube trays, mixed veggies and frozen pork chops created a precarious pile. He was right, my breast milk was slowly taking over our freezer.
As a nurse with 3 kids that has worked in the ER in the small town where I grew up, I saw many familiar faces in my ER. I have a few tips to keep you and your little ones out of the ER (if you don’t really need to be there in the first place) so you can keep the co-pay, avoid the hard plastic chairs and endless wait times. We’ll also talk about when an ER visit is the best plan of action.
Historically, the use of any medication by a nursing mom caused doctors to put the brakes on breastfeeding.
A review of the information provided by the medication manufacturer shows that 80% of available medications are not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Researchers suggest this recommendation is not based on any data collected by the drug makers, but is easier than proving it is safe for the small population of patients that are lactating.