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Can you breastfeed your baby if you have Crohn's disease and are on medication for it?

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If you plan to breastfeed, talk to your doctor about your medications and if they're safe for your new baby. Breastfeeding shouldn't make your Crohn's worse, and it offers many health benefits to you and your baby.

From: Crohn's Disease and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Pregnancy and IBD."

Khosla, R. Gut, January 1984.

Kwan, L. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, 2010.

MedlinePlus: "Mesalamine;" "Balsalazide;" and "Olsalazine."

Morales, M. Hepatogastroenterology, November/December 2000.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Pregnancy and IBD."

Khosla, R. Gut, January 1984.

Kwan, L. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, 2010.

MedlinePlus: "Mesalamine;" "Balsalazide;" and "Olsalazine."

Morales, M. Hepatogastroenterology, November/December 2000.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

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