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It's perfectly okay & safe to BF with hypo. When your hypo you are replacing hormone that your body would be making anyway if your thyroid wasn't defective so all you are doing is replacing a needed hormone. It's not like you are taking a medicine that could really harm your baby so you have absolutely nothing to worry about though I so understand the concern. I was the exact same way when I was first dx.
BTW, no I have never BF but I do plan to once we finally have our miracle baby. The only thing that concerns me about it is that in some ladies the hypo affects their milk supply, or so I've read.
I haven't been here for a long time and wanted to post a quick note to you. I breastfed my last 4 babies while on thyroid medicine. I've been hypo for about 8 years now. I have 7 kids and the last 4 were after I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I breastfed #4 for a year, #5 for over 9 months, #6 and #7 were only a short time but not because of thyroid issues. It's safe and is important to do for your baby. I know there's formula but I believe breastfeeding is much better for the baby if you can do it. I wasn't able to manage it with my last 2 and they are both healthy children.
Well, I'm hyper so it may be a bit different, but my endo said it was fine, just to try to take my meds a fair amount of time before nursing. So, maybe take them right after your first nursing session in the morning.
Rachel, mama to Luke (10/13/05), Ethan (6/24/07) & Liliana (1/1/10).
It's never effected my supply. As long as you are keeping your levels normal, you should be fine. I never read anywhere that it passes through the milk. Pesticides pass through milk too... will you eat all organic now?
Stacey, wife to Allan & Mom to:
Anastasia (13)- C/S 8lbs 7oz, 20.5"
Noah (11)- C/S 8lbs 12oz, 19"
Oliver (5)- VBA2C 7lbs 3oz, 19.5"
Baby Grayson born sleeping at 39w pg due to thrombophelia;
Protein S and Protein C deficient, Factor V Leiden , & MTHFR
(10/16/13)- 2VBA2C 9lbs 12oz, 22" My Chart
My milk supply was fine with them. Just make sure you drink lots of water. I breastfed my one daughter until she was almost a year old and only stopped because I was pregnant with another. My milk supply even then was fine.
I agree with all the pp. It's very important if you do BF to continue your medication and to make sure that it's adequate throughout! You are replacing a hormone that is naturally produced by your body, there is no negative affect to that for the baby. I was able to breastfeed for 20 months (at which point I found out I was expecting again). I have also heard that hypo can cause a problem with milk supply. I think if you are on medication you should not have those issues. I obviously didn't!