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I've been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and was prescribed a Class C drug. I did post this on the Health and Healing page, but thought it also relates to BFing so wanted to cross-post here. First of all I'm looking for natural remedies so I don't have to subject my child to the antibiotics. Secondly, I'm looking for support from other BFing mommas who find themselves in similar positions with a condition that requires drugs to heal. I feel just horrible that I'm subjecting my 6 montn old to drugs...first it was penicillin because I had Group B strep, then Diflucan because I got a yeast infection from the antibiotics, then it was Flagyl (I think), another antibiotic to get rid of BV caused by the Diflucan....now, a few months later, I turn up with another yeast infection, which I tried natural remedies to treat with no luck...take Diflucan, to end up with BV again.... It's a never ending cycle and I feel horrible subjecting my kid to these meds, but I don't know what else to do! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> It's hard.<br><br>
What is the name of the drug you are on now? Lactation risk categories are different from pregnancy risk categories. Someone can look up the drug here to see if it is more or less risky.<br><br>
BV is hard, and is important to get rid of because it can compromise any futuer pregnancies. I hope you can kick it this time with your new med.
 

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Metronidazole - the doc was aware that I was nursing and explained that the benefits outweigh the risks. The package insert recommends that it not be taken while nursing. I just wish I had a doc that was willing to look at natural remedies and could help me sort out alternate treatments before resorting to a "risky" drug first.<br><br>
I think I'm going to try using garlic for a week to see if that helps. I was thinking that taking garlic pills would be easiest. Of course I unwrapped the packaging before reading that it shouldn't be taken while nursing.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> So now I've resorted to eating raw garlic. I'm sure to keep any vampires at bay!
 

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If you can find a natural treatment for your BV, by all means try it. But, be reassured if you need to take the metronidazole, it is rated as L2, (on a scale L1 safest L5 least safe), with "L2 = SAFER: Drug which has been studied in a limited number of breastfeeding women without an increase in adverse effects in the infant; And/or, the evidence of a demonstrated risk which is likely to follow use of this medication in a breastfeeding woman is remote", by Thomas Hale's "Medications and Mother's Milk".<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Freader%2F0977226832%2Fref%3Dsib_dp_pt%2F104-2660348-0862352" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0977...60348-0862352#</a> Just as a point of reference, Ibuprofen is L1, and Naproxen (Aleve) and Aspirin are both L3 (more risky).<br><br>
So, of course you should not wean over because you are taking it (which is apparent your are not going to, from your OP). Whether you want to take the medication is up to you in consultation with your health care providers. And of course the package insert says to not BF while taking it, that's the drug company's way of covering their butts by discouraging BFing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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That's kind of what I thought too. Liability.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Thanks for looking up the risks! It doesn't sound quite as concerning. I'd still rather try a natural solution first, but now I won't feel like a horrible mother if I do end up taking the meds.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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One other point -- if you have the option to take the medication vaginally (via a gel) instead of orally -- that will reduce your risk even farther of passing it on in your breastmilk.
 

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You can also use garlic vaginally for BV.
 

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Here's an article that says Fem-Dophilus (Jarrow Formulas, Los Angeles, California) is helpful to restore healthy vaginal bacterial levels:<br><br><a href="http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_280/ai_n16865224/pg_1" target="_blank">http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...n16865224/pg_1</a>
 

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Thanks for the additional info. I also came across Femdophilus in my search for alternative treatments. Ordered it today. I take probiotics already, but this sounds like it will be more specific to my concern.<br><br>
As for the garlic...I'm eating it, but for some reason just can't seem to be okay with using it vaginally. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
I've tried tea tree oil soaked tampons and that hasn't helped a bit, may have even made things worse. I wouldn't recommend it.<br><br>
I'm still wavering about taking the script...I've collected some additional info. Here are links about BFing and Metronidazole gel.<br><br>
Topical preparations of metronidazole (MetroGel-Vaginal) produce very low serum concentrations in the mother and are not a concern.3<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/new_baby/breastfeeding/medications-breastfeeding.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...stfeeding.html</a><br><a href="http://www.otispregnancy.org/pdf/Flagyl.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.otispregnancy.org/pdf/Flagyl.pdf</a><br><a href="http://drugsafetysite.com/metronidazole" target="_blank">http://drugsafetysite.com/metronidazole</a><br><a href="http://www.druginformation.co.nz/pdfs/metronidazole_milk.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.druginformation.co.nz/pdf...azole_milk.pdf</a><br><a href="http://en.allexperts.com/q/ObGyn-Pregnancy-issues-1007/2008/2/Metronidazole-breastfeeding.htm" target="_blank">http://en.allexperts.com/q/ObGyn-Pre...astfeeding.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21308045/" target="_blank">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21308045/</a><br><br>
I'm thinking about trying a 50/50 solution of water/hydrogen peroxide - but not douching with it as that could cause the bacteria to go into the uterus and fallopian tubes and cause further problems like PID. I've also read that H2O2 can also kill all the good bacteria. So I was thinking about following that up with taking yogurt vaginally. I may even supplement it with some probiotics. I'm not sure what to do.<br><br>
Metro can cause a cycle by killing all the good bacteria which would in turn give me a yeast infection. I'm just not sure which direction to turn!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I have a question doctor, wanted me to take metrondozale orally. it is 250mgand she wants me to take eight all at once. How will this affect my milk. Please advise, I was diagnosed with Trichomoniasis is there a way to treat this naturally, babe is so used to being at breast that he will not take a bottle( I really dont want to pump I am so used to our bond where no one else can brake) .<br>
thank you
 
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