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I’m seeing increasing numbers of questions form mums in the perimenopause who are still breastfeeding. Maybe they delivered later or maybe they have been feeding to term or maybe lots of other reasons. I remember asking for blood tests to check my hormone levels because I just couldnt think clearly anymore and my memory was poor which wasnt ideal as I was just becoming an independent pharmacist prescriber! My levels had indeed dropped and I went on to HRT. This may not be everyone’s choice or be suitable for them
I have spent many hours this year looking for guideance on HRT and breastfeeding and failed to find any studies or conclusive data. Everything is anecdotal at the moment but I hope this information helps.
As usual please message me on email@example.com if you have a question
I am all too aware of the gaps which many professionals find in their knowledge after training. That is why we all need to undertake CPD. I have written this brief introduction for midwives who see mothers during their pregnancy and after delivery. Midwives are often more accessible than medics, they may be seen as more approachable, they care about as well as for, women throughtout their career, they help to train junior doctors. So I hope this will help them to understand more about how drugs pass into breastmilk and where to seek more information if needed. Happy to provide training via Microsoft Teams if you wish and to answer any emails. Wendy@breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk.
Hope this is useful but please feedback if you need more, less, more details, any changes. And dont for get the books!
What do women want healthcare professional to know about the needs of the perinatal mum with mental health challenges?
I have tried to get this paper published but have failed because I am not associated with a university, have any means of applying for ethics approval or can pay – so sharing it freely in the hope that the voice of the mothers are widely heard.
I was delighted to record this on facebook live this evening after Baby Grow Book Club chose Why Mothers Medication Matters to discuss this month. Thank you Catherine for the opportinuty https://fb.watch/7URZdnIwxh/
so proud and delighted to have worked with Lisa, Carmella and Jane over the past year to have this published in the BMJ today. To find out different practices across the world has been fascinating but I so hope this informs clinical practice
not a comon conditioon and easy to feel you are alone . Hope this helps. It’s a chapter from my book Breastfeeding and Chronic Medical Conditions
The next and most personal blog about what what mothers want their professionals to know. Thank you to the members of the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/BreastfeedingIBD for their views.
This article was published in the Pharmaceutical Journal June 2021 https://pharmaceutical-journal.com/article/ld/how-to-advise-women-on-the-safe-use-of-medicines-while-breastfeeding but I feel is too important not to be readily available for professionals. It should be part of the what mothers want professionals to know about breastfeeding series. So I have adapted it slightly to be in a pdf format so it can be used more easily
If you use this information please do consider buying Breastfeeding and Medication
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I developed Crohns disease identified back in 1976 when I was just 22 years of age. It has had a massive impact on my life – lots of hospital admissions, 3 bowel resections, lots of medication. It indirectly led to me developing peripheral vascualr disease so that at one time I could only walk 40 yards without pain. It also was responsible for a malignant melanoma which luckily was caught before it spread. It has also affected my liver and spleen so as you can understand it is a big part of my life. But on the positive side it was what caused my passion for breastfeeding as I was nevr fitter than when I was pregant or breastfeeding.
I have attempted to pull all the information on diagnosis, treatment, live vaccines etc into one place into this rather large factsheet (almost a book) which I hope will help professionals support mums using evidence based information.
I have already recorded a video presentation as a facebook live https://breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk/live-video-2/inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-breastfeeding-facebook-live but am happy if you want me to present to a team – professionals, mothers with IBD. Just message me firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/BreastfeedingIBD with 1.4k members from all round the world.
Hope this helps everyone to use the evidence from research to support breastfeeding mums with IBD. It is a disease I wouldnt wish on my worst enemy and it is hard to deal with when you have young children. Be kind and supportive! #dontsaystoplookitup