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Progesterone Pessaries and Breastfeeding

A question which is coming up very frequently just now is the use of cyclogest pessaries in pregnacy for mums who are still,breastfeeding. So to save me keep typing ( and to help you, of course) here is the information.

Progesterone pessaries and breastfeeding factsheet

St John’s Wort and Breastfeeding

Sadly the incidence of post natal depression and anxiety has increased and even doubled during the pandemic http://New mothers twice as likely to have post-natal depression in lockdown and we know that many find it hard to go to see their doctor or fear that they will be told to stop breastfeeding to take medication. Some prefer a more natural, herbal remedy and will purchase St John’s Wort. This is the information on the compatibility of hypericum with breastfeeding. If you want to discuss your medication and suitability please email me on wendy@breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk .

St John’s Wort and breastfeeding factsheet

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Breastfeeding

I’m really saddened that so many mothers are recommended to stop breastfeeding in order to be treated with medication. There is some evidence that breastfeeding in itself protects the mother

I hope that this factsheet provides some alternatives. The information is taken from Breastfeeding and Chronic Medical Conditions – price reduced so worth buying a copy on Amazon

RA and Breastfeeding Factsheet

Migraine prophylaxis and breastfeeding

So many people now seem to have regular migraines which are debilitating and make life with babies and children a nightmare.

Preventive treatment may be appropriate if the mother suffers at least two attacks a month, an increasing frequency of headaches, suffers significant disability despite suitable treatment for migraine attacks or cannot take suitable treatment for migraine attacks.

  • Beta-blockers e.g., propranolol are effective.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants e.g., amitriptyline 
  • Topiramate
  • Pizotifen
  • Botox
  • Riboflavin

all of which are safe in breastfeeding. More information in the factsheet

Migraine prophylaxis and breastfeeding factsheet

References are available by emailing me wendy@breastfeeding-and-medication.co.uk or can be found in Breastfeeding and Medication

Agnus Castus and Breastfeeding

I am not going to pretend that I am an expert on complimentary medicine but I am frequently asked about Agnus Castus for fertility and menstrual issues so am including this information based on the LactMed entry

Agnus Castus and Breastfeeding Fact Sheet