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Should I breastfeed if I have ms?

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Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

According to the aap there are very few true reasons not to breastfeed.
Ms is not a reason to not breastfeed and i would encourage it. Most of the medications used to treat MS are too big to cross into breastmilk. You can see if your medications are compatible with breastfeeding at lactmed, a free database on medications and breastmilk.

In brief: Yes

According to the aap there are very few true reasons not to breastfeed.
Ms is not a reason to not breastfeed and i would encourage it. Most of the medications used to treat MS are too big to cross into breastmilk. You can see if your medications are compatible with breastfeeding at lactmed, a free database on medications and breastmilk.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
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Dr. William Gaya
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple sclerosis

Although no negative or positive effect on the ms moms, babies breast fed for 4 months or more are known to have less of an incidence of having ms themselves.
Regarding medications, there is no data to guide us on this and most agree not to use medication while nursing. Nursing is feasible few hours after steroids. Novantrone and the new teriflunamide are contraindicated during nursing.

In brief: Multiple sclerosis

Although no negative or positive effect on the ms moms, babies breast fed for 4 months or more are known to have less of an incidence of having ms themselves.
Regarding medications, there is no data to guide us on this and most agree not to use medication while nursing. Nursing is feasible few hours after steroids. Novantrone and the new teriflunamide are contraindicated during nursing.
Dr. William Gaya
Dr. William Gaya
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Dr. Russell Faust
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Ms will not affect your ability to nurse your baby, will not affect the course of your ms, and will not "transmit" anything harmful to your baby, provided that you clear your medications with your pediatrician.

In brief: Yes

Ms will not affect your ability to nurse your baby, will not affect the course of your ms, and will not "transmit" anything harmful to your baby, provided that you clear your medications with your pediatrician.
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust
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In brief: It is fine

But, although pregnancy is protective, up to about 6 weeks postpartum, breast-feeding in most is not protective.
Should restart your MS meds shortly after labor and delivery, but some of these meds get into milk. Discuss with your pediatrician, to assist your decision making.

In brief: It is fine

But, although pregnancy is protective, up to about 6 weeks postpartum, breast-feeding in most is not protective.
Should restart your MS meds shortly after labor and delivery, but some of these meds get into milk. Discuss with your pediatrician, to assist your decision making.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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