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April 10th, 2005, 07:03 PM
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I had a c-section on Wednesday. My dr. gave me a prescription for oxycontin to take for the pain. I am breastfeeding.

My doc said that it isn't a problem to take the med while breastfeeding, but my MIL is having a fit saying that I am completely hurting the baby.

Has anyone else taken this drug while breastfeeding?
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April 10th, 2005, 10:13 PM
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Welcome to the board!
I didn't use oxycontin after having a c-section last year. During the first 2 days in the hospital I used Tylenol 3, and after that I used extra strength Tylenol. I don't even know what's in Tylenol 3, I think it might be codeine. The doctor's and nurses said that they were safe to take while breastfeeding.
Sorry, but I don't know how safe oxycontin is to take while bfing.
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April 11th, 2005, 05:02 AM
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Check out this info from www.kellymom.com http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/pain-meds.html

i hope it helps. Congrats on your new arrival and your decision to breastfeed!

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April 11th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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I don't know about oxycontin, but after my c-section I was on vicadin, then an insane dosage of Motrin for 2 weeks, colace, an antibiotic for mastitis, etc. I had to begin pumping right away (babies in NiCU). All the dr.'s assured me it was fine. My babies are great--very ahead of the traditional development timetable. I would imagine your dr. knows what he's talking about. You could always call another dr. for a second opinion.
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April 11th, 2005, 02:35 PM
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it's safe, just not the best choice! Just watch for drowsiness in the baby, otherwise, you should be good. It's an L3! Same as codeine.

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April 11th, 2005, 08:31 PM
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what's an L3? This probably contributed to drowsiness in DD when she was in the hospital. She was also sleepy from jaundice.
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April 12th, 2005, 01:35 PM
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L1 is safest
L2 is safer
L3 is safe
L4 is not recommended

if you had any drugs during your delivery, that could have had more to do with her drowsiness than the meds you are taking now.

statistically, newborns don't NEED to eat for 36 hours, it's not uncommon for them to be exhausted. Delivery isn't just exhausting for momma!


www.kellymom.com has an explanation of the medication L = lactation.

If you plan to nurse for any length of time, maybe pick up a copy of Mother's Milk & Medications by Dr. Thomas Hale! It will be a tremendous help throughout your nursing relationship. Since docs tend to use the PDR and it's not a reliable source for what meds are safe for a nursing mom.
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April 13th, 2005, 04:23 AM
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I used it after my csection. It is fine. If your MIL is flipping out I would just not tell her your taking it. Its really not any of her business.

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April 14th, 2005, 10:08 AM
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they wouldn't give it to you if it would hurt the baby. i had 2 c-sections and was put on pain meds and they babies did fine!
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