Hyperthyroid Mum

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Hyperthyroid Mum

Post by five.dollar.dresses » Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:28 pm

Hello! I was wondering if anyone had any experience being treated for hyperthyroidism while breastfeeding? I had Hashimoto's (hypothyroid) before giving birth but have now swung quite dramatically to hyper. I feel dreadful but my GP is reluctant to prescribe anything while I am breastfeeding. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I am becoming quite desperate.

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Re: Hyperthyroid Mum

Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:30 pm

Hi - that sounds rough. It must be awful to feel like you have to choose between breastfeeding and feeling well. Many GPs are reluctant to prescribe any medicines to breastfeeding mothers because they have never been taught what *is* safe. In fact, there are only a very small number of medications that aren't safe for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Many mothers find that when they consult a specialist pharmacist, they can find a medication to treat their conditions AND is safe for their breastfeeding babies. If your GP has some ideas about what medication you need, you (or your GP) could call Rodney Whyte at the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. His job is to consult with mothers and health professionals to find safe medications to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Pretty sure someone will come along in a moment to tell their wonderful stories of talking to Rodney. meanwhile, here is the number

Mr Rodney Whyte
E: r.whyte@southernhealth.org.au
T: (03) 9594 2361
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Re: Hyperthyroid Mum

Post by Esther » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:49 pm

I've spoken to Rodney several times and he is one of the loveliest people I have ever spoken to on the phone. I've also spoken to a couple of other members of his team, and they were great too.

Proud card-carrying member of Forum Rodney Whyte appreciation society here.

But seriously, hugs. Hope you get some good medical advice and support soon so you feel better.
Esther
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Post by five.dollar.dresses » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:56 pm

Thank you so much for the support and information! I am seriously losing it here so any hope is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Hyperthyroid Mum

Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:24 pm

No problem. You can also call the helpline on 1800 686 268 if you just need a friendly, understanding voice on the end of the phone. The hours between 6 and 8 in the morning are usually quiet so you'd probably get through then. The counsellor won't be able to give any advice about your medication needs but she will be able to offer suggestions for managing during the early daze.
We've all parented our own kids through the rough and tumble years so you won't find anything but support from us - whatever you decide to do with feeding.
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Re: Hyperthyroid Mum

Post by five.dollar.dresses » Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:40 pm

I contacted Robert today and he was very helpful. I'm going to get the prescriptions tomorrow and hopefully I'll start to feel better soon! I feel so relieved and hopeful for the first time in over a month.

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Re: Hyperthyroid Mum

Post by Nedsmum » Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:35 pm

That's great to hear! Hopefully it makes a big difference...at least the knowledge that you have options and can begin treatment of some sort, must be a great relief!
Breastmilk - the ultimate 'brain food'!!!

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Re: Hyperthyroid Mum

Post by Esther » Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:33 am

Glad to hear Rodney was able to help :-)

Let us know how you go!
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