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How do I know if my breast milk is safe for my newborn if I am being treated for unilateral hydronephrosis?

By Anonymous October 22, 2009 - 7:04pm
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I have had multiple kidney stones, and now have a blocked ureter resulting in unilateral hydronephrosis, I am not getting sufficient information about breast feeding during this time. I am currently pumping and dumping my breast milk until I recieve the ok to nurse my newborn baby again. The baby is healthy, and is now being supplemented with formula. Are there any tests that can be done to check the safety of my breastmilk, so that instead of dumping it I could be feeding it to my baby?

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Dr. Tenny - Thanks for your response and for providing helpful information and the link to the La Leche League website.
Anon - We would love to hear back from you, especially if you have any additional concerns.

October 30, 2009 - 6:13pm

Hi and thanks for your question,

Did your doctor advise against breast feeding due to the medication you are taking for your hydronephrosis? If so, what antibiotic are you taking and how long will you be taking it.

It is great that you are continuing to pump your breast milk with the intention of picking up breast feeding your baby as soon as you are able.

Unfortunately the United states does not have a breast milk monitoring program and there is no central lab for women to send their milk for testing. You should check with your doctor on the time frame you will be unable to nurse and the possibility of finding a lab to test your milk.

If the duration is significant you can consider donated breast milk to ensure your baby is getting all the benefits of breast milk.
La Leche League has great information www.llli.org

October 23, 2009 - 12:40pm
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