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Diuretics while BFing

Anyone have to take a diuretic for swelling? I'm one week post delivery and my feet, ankles and legs up to my knees are swollen. This wouldn't be a problem, but I don't fit into any of my shoes, not even sandles. and they hurt. When I left the hospital, the swelling I had during delivery had actually decreased with the 2 days I was in the hospital. They are double that size now. The doctor is saying we could do a low dosage diuretic to get rid of the excess fluid, but I'm scared of what it could do to my supply for BF. Anyone have experience?
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Re: Diuretics while BFing

  • I ended up back in the hospital a couple days after going home due to the swelling. I was on diuretics for 24 hours and had the pharmacist, a doctor and a LC tell me it was fine and one doctor said it wasn't. We ultimately decided to BF anyway and didn't have any issues. Perhaps you could call your local LC and get their opinion. I don't know if it matters which diuretic you are on though.
  • I have a heart valve issue that caused me to swell to ridiculous sizes lol. My OB said diuretics would decrease my supply and to hold off on them.

    I went to a medical supply store and bought compression stockings and wore them practically 24 7. I also drank about 4 liters of water a day. I lost around 20 pounds of fluid in a week.
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    I ended up back in the hospital a couple days after going home due to the swelling. I was on diuretics for 24 hours and had the pharmacist, a doctor and a LC tell me it was fine and one doctor said it wasn't. We ultimately decided to BF anyway and didn't have any issues. Perhaps you could call your local LC and get their opinion. I don't know if it matters which diuretic you are on though.

    Same [although it was an ER visit and I wasn't admitted]. They put me on Lasix for a week and very coldly told me "it won't hurt the baby if you breastfeed, but you won't be able to because it'll dry up your milk." It killed me. I took it for a couple days and when my swelling STARTED to go down, I stopped it. I'm not sure if it contributed to my supply almost completely drying up, which i attribute to LO's hospital stay at almost 2 weeks. Looking back, I wouldn't have taken it. 

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  • I take a diuretic for blood pressure, I was just put back on it because my numbers were increasing. I have been on it a week and a half and have not noticed  a decrease in supply.
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  • If you take the diuretic increase your water intake. It will affect your supply if ylj don't increase your water.
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