Breastfeeding and PTU

Updated on September 16, 2006
M.R. asks from Cary, IL
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I am currently breastfeeding twin boys. Since my delivery, I have had a hyperthyroid. I will find out on Friday if my levels are better. I am curious if anyone has taken PTU to relieve symptoms while nursing?

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Congratulations on twins! Re the hyperthyroid, if you're into natural solutions, you might look into coconut oil. I know, it sounds a little crazy, but it's supposed to improve and normalize thyroid function, and as a bonus it contains a great fatty acid profile that's especially beneficial to breastfeeding babies. For more information see the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Enig and Fallon. It sounds like another diet book, but it includes a health recovery program and info about coconut oil. Also interesting is The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife.

Good luck!



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I have no personal experience, but I did search LLL and here is the link if you want their statistics, etc.

Also, by contacting a group in your area, they may be able to refer you to someone actually taking the drug so you can ask questions. I know that when I nursed and got shingles, my leader had tons of resources available and women I could speak with personally.

I know that certain foods can help with thyroid probs too, so you may look into that. I have a friend who has had her thyroid removed and a certain diet has helped (though she is on meds as well.)

Wishing you and your babies the best of health,



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PTU is compatable with breastfeeding. You can take it without concern. If you want the full sitation call me.

Pres. Lactation Support Group, Inc



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M. -

I also nursed my twin boys (with a 2 year old at the time), so I can fully relate to what you're going through. 6 months! You are doing awesome! Of course, that is when it begins to get easier, so the hard part is over.

I lost a lot of weight when nursing but after it was all done, I began to gain and was diagnosed hypothyroid. The doctors think I may have been hyper and them switched ot hypo.

Anyway, I'm not familiar with PTU. but just wanted to say I know what you are going through and I hope you feel better soon. I am on medication and feel SO much better. And kudos to you for doing such a great job nursing those little boys. I wnet 16 months, until they weaned themselves and it really was great for them.

Good Luck!


P.s Make sure you take care of yourself and get some breaks. This is key.

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