Medicine: A Nursing Mama's Dilemma

I am very thankful that yesterday was Wordless Wednesday because it gave me a little time to gather my thoughts amidst this sickness. For those of you that do not know, I have a pretty bad bladder infection, and was just able to make it to the doctor yesterday. Let me tell you this: it is NOT easy to care for a toddler when you feel terrible! The point of me telling you this is to highlight a problem between medical care and breastfeeding mamas. If you're a nursing mommy, there is very little that can be done to cure your illness quickly or to remove any pain that you experience. For instance, the sweet old lady that cared for me yesterday had to call another doctor to brainstorm a healthy antibiotic that would be effective for knocking out my infection and would also be safe to take while breastfeeding my daughter. After spending almost ten minutes on the phone, she wrote out a prescription, which I then walked dutifully over to the pharmacy. I handed the prescription to the attendant, was told that it would take between five and ten minutes for it to be filled, and then wandered off to buy a few necessities.

After picking up my pills, I made the mistake of waiting until we were in the car, on the road, to check my prescription out. I always read the instructions, warnings, side-effects, etc. before taking any new medicine. Turns out, I should have checked it before I left the store. The pharmacist had switched my prescription to the generic version WITHOUT EVEN ASKING ME! The generic version had a little sticker that read: Warning: Breastfeeding is not recommended while using this drug.

We had to turn the car around and go back to the pharmacy to get it straightened out. I don't like to be rude to people, but sheesh... I was already a little bit frustrated with the lady for criticizing our parenting, so complaining about getting a medication that I did NOT ask for was a victory of sorts for me.

Anyway, my medication was switched with the generic form without my consent, and the bottle was not child-proof, which I had specifically noted on the prescription drop-off form. Needless to say, I will not go back to that particular pharmacy again.

As for taking medications while breastfeeding, I urge a bit of caution to other mamas. Please please take the time to carefully inspect your medication and the warnings that come printed out with them. If you're not sure about a medicine, ask another doctor! Pharmacists don't always give you the medicine that you are prescribed, so make sure that you know the correct name and spelling of the drug that the doctor wishes for you to take. And finally, I have found that by using a heated blanket, I was able to effectively eliminate my kidney ache and general malaise that accompanied the bladder infection.

I'm sure that many of you breastfeeding mamas have encountered pain and illness at some point or another. What other types of home remedies do you use to reduce your discomfort while sick or in pain? Do you have a similar story to share?