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Can breastfeeding increase tsh?

Can breastfeeding increase tsh?

YES: Tsh is secreted in breast milk. .It is elevated in hypothyroid mother and some times causing hyperthyroidism in infant. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Can breastfeeding cause my TSH level to go up? Before children my TSH was 5.11. After my second child my TSH is now 5.69.

Can breastfeeding cause my TSH level to go up? Before children my TSH was 5.11. After my second child my TSH is now 5.69.

Pregnancy can: Pregnancy can cause changes in the thyroid binding globulin which can change TSH values during that time. Breastfeeding will increase prolactin and "may" have altered your tsh. I would have it checked again in 6 months or after breastfeeding is done. ...Read more

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I have a TSH level of 5.69. Could breastfeeding or pregnancy cause this? Is my level considered high? Could this level affect my menstruation?

I have a TSH level of 5.69. Could breastfeeding  or pregnancy cause this?  Is my level considered high? Could this level affect my menstruation?

Yes: It is very important that you have your TSH checked again. If the level is similar, you must start thyroid hormone medication before you try to become pregnant. This mild elevation in TSH may make it harder to become pregnant. But more worrisome is your thyroid needs to make more hormone during pregnancy and your will become more hypothyroid. This has been shown to be bad for your baby. ...Read more

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I had a blood test, the TSH level was 5.69. I am seeing my primary care physician today. Do i need life long meds? Can i breastfeed? Can i conceive?

I had a blood test, the TSH level was 5.69. I am seeing my primary care physician today. Do i need life long meds? Can i breastfeed?  Can i conceive?

Take a deep breath: Your primary care doc can answer many of these questions for you, but the answers are maybe, yes and yes. Pregnancy in patients with hypothyroidism (which you may not have) goes well as long as you take the meds (that you might not need), as does breastfeeding. ...Read more

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To what extent could dosages of anti-depressants, levoxl, and propranolol interact and impact TSH levels ? Should they be managed holistically?

To what extent could dosages of anti-depressants, levoxl, and propranolol interact and impact TSH levels ? Should they be managed holistically?

Interact: Best advice is to monitor TSH level every 6 weeks to titrate your thyroxine dose. As regards antidepressants, i believe a holistic approach may be suitable for managing depression as long as it is not major depression or bipolar. ...Read more

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Has there been any recent research on the impact of breastfeeding as opposed to formula feeding?

Has there been any recent research on the impact of breastfeeding as opposed to formula feeding?

Breast feeding perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain & eye development, fewer allergies & GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. etc. etc. etc. Mother loses weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast & ovarian cancer, and risk of multiple systemic diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Definition)

A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and tells the thyroid gland to make and release the hormones thyroxine ...Read more