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Breastfeeding & Taking Fertility Drugs
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Taking Clomid while breastfeeding
Hi, does anyone have any experience or know where I can get
information about nursing and taking clomid? My doctor says
there's no data that says it's bad to do it but she can't
advise me one way or the other. I'm old enough that I don't
want to wait until I wean my current baby, but at the same time
I don't feel I can wait to take the clomid. We had tried for over
two years before taking clomid the first time and it worked on
the first shot. I'm also anxious that there not be more than
two years between the two children. My current baby nurses
throughout the night, but can go most of the day without nursing,
so I thought it might be ok if I took the clomid right after he
finished nursing in the morning.
My book on nursing, which has a list on common drugs, doesn't
mention Clomid, but it seems counterproductive to take fertility
drugs while nursing. I don't know all the physiology involved, but
I do know that prolactin, which is the hormone that produces
lactation, inhibits fertility. I have known women who got
pregnant (naturally) while nursing, but my understanding is
that it's uncommon. Have you and your doctor discussed whether your
body is ready to be pregnant again?
Please consider calling a La Leche League Leader for this information.
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