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Can anyone tell me if they know if it is safe to breastfeed while taking 4000mg of amoxillin, 2000mg probenecin and 200mg diflucan for chronic Lyme? My son is 16 months, I am trying to wean but he is not ready to.

I am new here, sorry if I am in wrong post.


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I am not an MD, but I understand that a mother with Lyme should not breastfeed her children.

In my case not knowing that I had Lyme, I infected my youngest son with Lyme by either breastfeeding or during pregnancy.

I am not having any more children but if I ever do I will NOT breastfeed them (I really don't care what the pediatrician say), not even if I was taking antibiotics. Not because of the antibiotics in my breast milk but because of the possibility of Lyme spirochetes in it.


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CAll Dr Jones in CT and his office can instruct you on that. Robin in houston
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I breastfed my children, and it is wonderful and healthy. But that was before lyme.

Yes, you should be concearned about that many meds while breastfeeding. But more then the meds is the risk of infecting baby with lyme.

Spirochetes in breast milk!

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I spoke to my LLNP the other day and she said it was o.k. to breastfeed as long as I stayed on antibiotics while breastfeeding. This seems to counter what I have heard previously about not ever breastfeeding with Lyme.

I'm really confused on the topic and wish there was some valid research in the area.

Ms. Myo


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There's a thread on Page 2 about the benefits of Chlorella. GiGi posted on that thread about breastfeeding and how beneficial Chlorella is. Here is part of it:

I consider Chlorella a food with every nutrient in it. If it were my child, I would let her take as much as she wants. My grandchild chews it like candy at times; next visit she takes none. Next visit she may ask for it.

There is no set protocol for anyone as to the amount of chlorella. People who tolerate it well do a lot better minimizing their die-off problems and metal redistribution. The more toxins you carry, more chlorella is needed. First thing I used to grab when I knew I was detoxing, which is supposed to be every day, was Chlorella.

When the stool turns green, that's plenty. Be aware that the stool starts to look darkish --- it is the chlorella.

I have knowledge of testing done of the milk of breastfeeding moms. The mom's milk who was not taking chlorella that was tested was loaded with PCB's, pthelates, mercury, etc. that would have required a special landfill permit to dump it.

Then the moms started to take chlorella. breastmilk was again tested by a lab - it was greenish looking, but contained no pesticides, herbicides, pthelates or mercury. It was absolutely clean.

That's the benefit of chlorella.

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personally, i would not breastfeed while on abx or ill with lyme.

i second the suggestion to speak with dr. j about this!


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Calling Dr. J with this question is the best advice you'll get here. There isn't anyone in the country (or the world, for that matter) with better information about how lyme and antibiotics and babies/children intersect.

Specifically about your question. One very small bit of info that came my way from a lactation expert (a physician, not a La Leche lady) was that all breastfeeding is not alike. Less and less of everything goes into your breastmilk and gets passed on as time goes by.

Which makes sense when you think about the biology of it-- babies grown more (potentially) independent of you for food with every tooth that comes in. Your body responds by giving less and less of itself.

Heads up- don't expect ANY regular doctor to have a clue about anything relating to breastfeeding, especially using medications during. There are very few studies of any kind about meds and breastfeeding, and the ones that are there are about NEWBORNs being breastfed. Very different at 16 months.

All that said. I learned this as a mom who breastfed for 3 1/2 years. [Eek!] I spoke with the lactation expert about taking a script BEFORE I knew I still had the lyme I had contracted while pregnant.

if i had known what I know now, I would NEVER have breastfed, not for a day, even if i knew for a fact not a gram of med passed through my milk. As others have said, the meds aren't the bigger danger here.

You have already breastfed for 16 months-- which is why you need Dr. J.

And no, weaning is very tough when your babe isn't ready (witness 3 1/2 yers- not MY idea!!). But you know what, it is possible, and possible to do with a great deal of love and reassurance.

I know you'll do what's best because you clearly have done just that for your baby so far. Way to go, momma.


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I was told by Dr. B before he retired not to breastfeed.
Personally I would not take the chance of passing co-infections and lyme to the baby.

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This seems to answer my questions about why my younger two children (all adults now) show more outward signs of Lyme than my oldest, despite my having Lyme before I was pregnant with any of them (although I didn't know it).

I was only able to breast feed my first for a few days before I had problems and was told to wean him. Bad advice for a new nursing mother, but unwittingly good advice for a mom with Lyme, before there was known to be such a thing as Lyme Disease (1976).

My second has bipolar disorder, also congenital hearing loss. The hearing loss would have been caused despite the breastfeeding, but the BP Disorder could be a result of the nursing.

My third has had a "nervous" stomach all her life, sore throats with every virus she catches (kind of like that flue-like feeling we get sometimes), crawled around in pain when we thought she was just being a drama queen, (she was an multiple sport athlete, like oldest)frequent conjunctivitis last year, despite good eye hygiene. The list goes on and on.

Now looking at it from this perspective it gives me a new understanding of it all and why the oldest seems to have escaped it all. He completed an Ironman length triathlon last year!


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