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I'm not quite sure where this belongs, but if it belongs somewhere else, feel free to move it.

My ds just turned 2 years old last week. We've had a wonderful and fulfilling breastfeeding relationship, but now I have to stop, cold turkey, for the safety of my son. He has been on a steady decline for the last month, only breastfeeding once a day or once every two days, but because I have been in and out of the hospital the last few days he has wanted me more often.

I was given a prescription for a medication called Protonix, because I've been having severe abdominal pain and vomiting. The doctors say that the pain could be either an early gall stone or an early ulcer, and either way, this medication should help.

The medication is said to be "safe" to take during pregnancy; however, it is unsafe for my son to continue to breastfeed during treatment with this medication, because there is a very real possibility that he could suffer from the side effects.

I do not want to see my son harmed, but I do not want to force him to wean before he is ready, especially after such a traumatic week. I wish I could stop taking the medicine, but unfortunately it's the only thing that is helping me to keep down all the food and nutrients the new baby and I need.

My question is this, how do I help my son cope with the loss of breastfeeding?

I've tried explaining to him that mama's "num-nums" are sick, and if he were to have them he could get sick too. He understands and seems to accept my explanation, but I can tell that he is hurt.

Please help me with some suggestions.
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Has your doc done a look up of the medication in a Hale's book? Sometimes docs will tell mamas that meds are unsafe when in fact they can be compatible with breastfeeding.
Protonix is listed in Hales as an L2--which means that it is "safer." Here's what Hales says about L2 drugs-- "Drug which has been studied in a limited number of breastfeeding women without an increase in adverse effects in the infant. And, the evidence of a demonstrated risk which is likely to follow use of this medication in a breastfeeding woman is remote."

So, you're good to keep nursing!

Edited to add: it is also listed as a pregnancy category B, which is the "safer" designation for pregnancy.
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As an L2 I would keep nursing without a doubt.

hope you feel better soon!

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I hope you get to feeling better soon.

Secondly, I would also definately keep nursing on an L2 drug (and have, with a child who nursed much more than that). Do you still have concerns after seeing the rating?

Good luck.
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Thank you so much ladies. I knew I could count on you to help me find the answer! I'm off to go nurse my toddler... he's gonna be so happy! Thankyouthankyou, thank you!
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