My 17 month old was happily nursing on demand until last week, when I was prescribed Doxycycline for suspected early Lyme disease (found an embedded tick and removed it promptly, but had fever and headache a week later).
I was told I would have to wean immediately but through my own research and consulting with my midwife, found that a 3 week course would be ok. I have weaned him down to nursing twice daily, so I take the abx right after he nurses and that way the drug is at it's lowest concentration in my body when he nurses. This would be a great solution except that I have to take the Doxy for 30 days, not just 3 weeks :(
Has anyone dealt with this? I am allergic to penicillin so amox (the other thing they use to treat Lyme) is not an option, and this is not something I feel I can mess around with.
I am considering trying to get pumped breastmilk from a friend (I gave away my 300+oz freezer stash when we moved across the country a few months ago) to use for the 9 days additional time I need to take the meds, but I am not sure that will even work. He will and has taken a bottle, but it's definitely not interchangeable for him. I would pump and dump to keep up my supply.
Will he forget how to nurse in that time?
Does anyone have any other ideas or solutions? I just don't feel like he's quite ready to wean and hate to have to force the issue.