Thank you to all that did and are going to respond. I am relieved by your words and glad to know others are out there with PCOS and have children and are nursing in the way I also chose (CLW).
Yes, that is what it is. Metmorphane. But my doctor and LLL person told me that it is on the list of questionable drugs because it is classified as a type that, in other drugs of that same type, get into milk. My doctor and lll person, who both knew and loved my nursing three year old, (4 or 5 times a day at the time), thought it was too questionable and I should not take it because it deals with how the body treats insolin and effects the organs involved in producing and cycling that hormone. The following is what I found just now on the pcos drugs and nursing:
"Because of the potential for serious side effects (e.g., lactic acidosis, hepatotoxicity) in adults, it may be advisable to avoid the use of metformin (Glucophage) and thiazolidinediones (e.g., rosiglitazone [Avandia], pioglitazone [Actos]) until more information is available on their use in breast-feeding. "http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010701/119.html
The following about pregnancy and breastfeeding was found at "http://ctispregnancy.org/pdf/metformin.pdf
The site is a pdf and I cannot copy and paste but read it at the link above for clarity,
-3 to 5% birth defect when using during pregnancy
- Higher chance of getting pregnant with Metmorphan and it decreases your chance of 1st trimester miscarrage
-it is transfered to the child in breast milk and found in the babies blood at the same level as it is in the mother. (this is kinda scary if they are talking about mililiters in the blood becasue that would be different than Parts per million or something which would be ratios and percetages)
- It can break down in the babies stomach (but this is skeptical since it begs the question " why is it in the babies blood at the same level as the mother's blood?" which means it paced the stomache wall and got into tohe blood anyway)
- other meds that lower blood sugar are recomended that do not enter the babies blood as easily
- if a mother does choose to take it the baby has to have its blood tested regularly for low blood sugar levels
_ the pediatrician should be told of this drug being taken by the mother
- the drug is associated with still births and pre-eclapsia in pregnant women
So, the above sounds too risky for us. I also found this info. Which is important since the nursling has the same levels of metmorphan in his blood as his mother does. taken from:http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/DVH/Use...ophage,00.html
What side effects may I notice from taking metformin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
•breathing difficulties or shortness of breath
•muscle aches or pains
•passing out or fainting
•severe vomiting or diarrhea
•slow or irregular heartbeat
•unusual stomach pain or discomfort
•unusual weakness, fatigue or discomfort
All of the above except vomiting would be near imposible for my son to notice and then articulate to me. Also, my husband and I try very hard to live a healthy life. Our son eats 95% Organic food, (everything from soap, shampoo and dishsoap to yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, flour, milk, corn chips, butter, sugars and yeasts to make bread and soda pop, soy sauce, raisins, cereal, cheeses and about 90% of all the vegies and fruits we consume are organic). We are very nearly vegetarian and try to avoid environmentally unsafe places, products and people. I just can't see me taking this drug in light of the above symptoms and info. We have put so much effort into safegarding his consumables that I wouldn't want his "boo boo" to be questionable and "unorganic" -so to speak.
But maybe those of you who have taken the drug while nursing can let me know if you have seen any thing of concern in your children. Are your kids normal height and weight for their ages? Do or have they experienced any of the above symptoms in their lifetimes? How often did you nurse while on it? Are you still on it and what's the age of your child(ren)?
Maybe I just need to hear that others have done it and their kids are okay. If I cut down (without him knowing it) to an average maximum of 4 nursings a day (each breast) maybe My son would be okay.
He has found other coping mechanisms for pain, thirst, hunger, bordom, fright, happiness and is currently finding out that if I am lying down he sometimes doesn't want to nurse. He still needs it to sleep (he doesn't nap anymore). He wants it to wake, after stressful redirection from me, in church (a habbit he hasn't broken yet - He calls it, "the boo boo church"), when he sees a friend nursing, or just to get a sweet nip during the day. I really think he is almost at an average of four nursings aday. A lot of these situations I mentioned above are a once a week thing except sleeping and waking. I just can't believe he would get the amount of medicine a baby would get at 4-6 months. I'm sure they weren't studying mothers who nursed toddlers and above.
If I took my meds after he was done in the morning and after he fell asleep at night (his longest nursing sessions), there would be less meds in my blood at those times, I think.
Let me know what you think. And again THANK YOU for all the help/experience/ advise. I hope I wasn't too long winded. This message board is so helpful, I might have gone crazy a few days ago if I had not found it.