Thyroxine and Breastfeeding

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  1. rozzibee

    rozzibee Well-Known Member

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    Hi ladies

    I was wondering if any of you could help me. I'm sure I saw on a thread here about someone who said they weren't able to breast feed because of being on thyroxine.

    I had thyroid cancer and therefore had to have my entire thyroid removed, so I will be on thyroxine for the rest of my life. I am being tested every 4 weeks to see if my levels need changing throughout pregnancy, but no one has ever said anything to me about not being able to breast feed while taking it. I was just taking it as read that I would be breast feeding again as I did with my first (Although I still had my thyroid then though!)

    Can anyone who is on thyroxine tell me what they know to be true?

    Thanks
     
  2. shinona

    shinona Well-Known Member

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    I'm afraid I don't know. Have you tried posting in the bf-ing forum to see if anyone there knows? They are always really helpful in there.

    xx
     
  3. helsurf

    helsurf Well-Known Member

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    Hello! I had thyroid cancer too and so have no thyroid, I breastfed my son for the first 2 months, while he was in Nicu and was told it was absolutely fine, the thyroxine is only replacing what you should produce naturally :) just keep getting your level checked as I needed my thyroxine increasing shortly after birth as was soooo tired, not what you need with a newborn lol!

    I plan on breastfeeding this one too, hopefully for longer this time :) good luck and I hope all goes well x x x
     
  4. Mother Hen

    Mother Hen Well-Known Member

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    I've been told it's absolutely fine to breast feed while on thyroxin. I've asked my midwife and my consultant and got the same answer.
     
  5. tiggerz

    tiggerz Expecting our 3rd miracle

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    Yep my sister bf while taking it too! It's only a replacement fir what your body would be making naturally xxx
     
  6. sparkle83

    sparkle83 XLTTC: 10 yrs & counting!

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    I've not been told not to breastfeed, I have an underactive thyroid and am on thyroxine, and tbh as with many medications, even if there was a slight risk, the benefits would outweigh it.
     
  7. discoclare

    discoclare Well-Known Member

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    One of my good friends is on thyroxine and exclusively BF her daughter for 6 months last year. She is under one of the top endocrinologists in the country and they said it was fine.
     

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