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Does anyone have any information on whether antithyroid antibodies (such as those that cause hashimoto's thyroiditis) pass through breastmilk and whether that's okay for the babe?
 

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I don't know if they pass through the breastmilk or not actually. But I have the disease and take the medication and my doctors have all said that it's perfectly fine to breastfeed.
 

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Treating thyroid disorders is perfectly safe while breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding significantly out weigh any risk of passing meds/immunities on to babe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thank you both for your reassuring responses.<br><br>
I was awarethat <i>treating</i> the hashimoto's (taking a thyroid hormone supplement) is not a problem while breastfeeding.<br><br>
My question is more along the lines of whether I will pass on the antibodies which caused the condition. We know that breastmilk passes on "good" antibodies which boost babies' immune systems. My question is that if you can pass on "good" antibodies, is there any reason why you wouldn't pass on "bad" antibodies as well.<br><br>
I guess I'm looking for links to research that would explain which antibodies are passed on, which ones aren't, the reasons why and the long-term staying power of the antibodies once in the babe's system.
 

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I have hashimoto's and it is my understanding that it is a genetic disease. My mom does not have it, breastfed both me and my brother, and only I have the disease.<br><br>
I would guess that the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the risks. And if your lo does get the disease...well, it is the most treatable chronic condition out there.
 

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I don't know of research on whether thyroid antibodies pass into milk and then are actually absorbed beyond the digestive tract. But, I've seen research on taking supplemental selenium to reduce or eliminate mom's (well, any adult's) thyroid antibody levels. The dose was just 200mcg/day, not an unreasonable amount. l-selenomethionine (I hope I spelled that right) is the best form (nutritionally, I mean), but I think the research used a different form and still saw results. That doesn't address your question, of course, but I figured it might be interesting.
 

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I'm not quite sure if that antibody passes in breast milk, but I think if it did it would be such a tiny amount that it wouldn't be an issue.<br><br>
I do know that it does NOT cross the placenta when you are pregnant. however, there is another one that is a thyroid blocking antibody and that one DOES cross the placenta. I have that one and both of my children were born with TSH levels over 800-900. and both have been on synthroid since birth. At 3 years old we did a challenge with my older dd, and so far she has not needed to go back on Synthroid.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know of research on whether thyroid antibodies pass into milk and then are actually absorbed beyond the digestive tract. But, I've seen research on taking supplemental selenium to reduce or eliminate mom's (well, any adult's) thyroid antibody levels. The dose was just 200mcg/day, not an unreasonable amount. l-selenomethionine (I hope I spelled that right) is the best form (nutritionally, I mean), but I think the research used a different form and still saw results. That doesn't address your question, of course, but I figured it might be interesting.</div>
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Another thing to try is immune regulating supplements and antioxidants such at catsclaw. Also make sure you are getting enough iodine in your diet.
 
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