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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 on other supplements including magnesium, zinc and co enzyme Q10

Migraine prophylaxis (prevention) and breastfeeding factsheet

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

PET scans whilst breastfeeding

Having a PET scan is scary because it is often associated with a possible diagnosis of cancer, something which as mothers we probably fear most. It is important to take one day at a time and not leap ahead – not the easiest thing to do I know. If possible, store some milk in advance to feed your baby whilst you are seperated. This factsheet contains data on the process of having a scan, preparation and breastfeeding all taken from expert sites which I hope helps.

If the diagnosis does turn out to be cancer then the wonderful organisation Mummy’s Star offer amazing support and deserve more recognition https://www.facebook.com/MummysStar

If you need chemotherapy, I can provide information on how long the drug stays in your system. Some mothers have expressed a desire to pump and dump their milk to maintain a supply until they can feed again. Others plan to relactate at the end of treatment. I will do my best to support your decision.

But for today let’s concentrate on the PET scan and continuing to feed your nursling.

PET Scans and Breastfeeding Factsheet

A large, white circular scanner with a hole in the centre. In front is the flat bed that is moved into the scanner before the scan begins.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Breastfeeding (PCOS)

PCOS affects 1 in 10 women and causes problems with infertility and breastfeeding. This factsheet is based on a chapter from Breastfeeding and Chronic Medical Conditions (available on Amazon) but extended to include information on myo-inositol which generates many questions.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Breastfeeding Factsheet

Any questions please feel free to email me wendy@breastfeeding-and-medication. co.uk

Breastfeeding and Chronic Medical Conditions, Wendy Jones

Procedures and Investigations in Breastfeeding Mothers

Having an investigation or a procedure when breastfeeding causes anxiety but when a mother is told to interrupt breastfeeding the consequences are much greater.

This is a powerpoint presentation based on one I gave in Rotterdam in 2019 which I hope helps CPD and again will be recorded when I find enough hours in my day

Procedures and Investigations during breastfeeding powerpoint presentation