Here’s an excerpt from my latest post for the giggle GAB blog… it’s about breastfeeding and taking medicine: (And click here for the full post).
Be thankful for modern medicine. It can get us through a common cold and is often critical when managing a chronic condition. But when you’re breastfeeding, every medication can get into your breast milk. While some medicines are compatible with breastfeeding, others are not. So what’s a mom to do?
For starters, do your homework. For over-the-counter medications, read the packaging. There should be information for breastfeeding mothers. And if you’re taking a prescription, be sure to tell your doctor that you’re breastfeeding…
… the “bible” on breastfeeding and medications is Dr. Thomas Hale’s Medications and Mothers’ Milk. You can look up a medication and check its safety for breastfeeding. You can also call the InfantRisk Center associated with Dr. Hale at 806-352-2519. They can answer questions about drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, chemicals, vaccines, and other substances. Of course, there’s now even an iTunes and Android app that has the book’s information. (Here’s a YouTube video showing how it works.)
Another resource is the LactMed database. Type in a medication and you’ll get a comprehensive look at its safety information. Finally, don’t forget that herbs require some research as well. I also recommend reading this La Leche League article about Maternal Medications and Breastfeeding.
We did the inevitable recently. We took the kids to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They’re at just the right age… old enough to go on all the roller coasters, young enough to think it’s the greatest place on the planet. By the end of the trip, and hitting a park a day (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios), we were wiped out. We also had a mountain of dirty laundry, so it was time to come home.
As we went through the parks, I was amazed to see so many toddlers and babies. When our kids were that age I think I was too tired to have enjoyed the trip. But maybe I should just embraced the exhaustion. In fact, the Disney parks seem designed with new parents in mind. Well located bathrooms, plenty of benches and food at every turn. But it’s not just that. The parks also have designated Baby Care Centers. I have a Flickr album with photos from each of the parks that you might want to look at.
You can of course breastfeed anywhere you’d like in the parks. But if you’re looking for a quiet, designated space, with soft lighting, the Baby Care Centers are a good choice. Some of the rooms even have signs welcoming breastfeeding moms. The only thing I didn’t entirely like, was that the Disney website indicates that the Baby Care Centers are sponsored by Carnation formula. This information isn’t anywhere in the parks. Nevertheless, as with just about everything Disney, you’ll find what you need at the Baby Care Centers, and move on to the next adventure.
As for the kids, they only have one question of course… when can we go back?!
Disclosure: Disney gave me some tickets for park entrance.