Impact Of Epilepsy Drugs On Breast Milk Content?
I want to ask what the impact would be if a person with epilepsy who is still taking anti-epileptic drugs breast-feed his baby, should breast milk be replaced with formula milk or can the mother continue to breastfeed her baby even though taking sedatives?
Hello Anvia, Thank you for the question.
Epilepsy is a disorder in the flow of electrical impulses in the brain that causes a person to experience seizures with varying severity. Epilepsy can be divided into idopathic epilepsy (the cause of which is unknown) and symptomatic epilepsy (caused by another medical condition that causes interference with the brain). People with epilepsy are recommended to take epilepsy drugs in order to help control the brain's electrical impulses and prevent seizures. Epilepsy drugs given to patients with one is not the same as other patients, depending on age, type of seizure, condition of the patient, and other drugs that are being consumed.
Breast milk is the most important nutrient for the first 6 months of the baby's age. Thus, every woman who has just given birth is recommended to breastfeed her baby as much as possible. People with epilepsy who consume epilepsy drugs can still breastfeed their babies but of course it depends on what epilepsy drugs consumed by nursing mothers. Epilepsy can indeed affect breast milk and breastfeeding babies. Many studies have shown that the level of the drug in breast milk is relatively low. However, there are also several classes of drugs to watch out for because they can also affect babies including barbiturates, benzodiazepines, lamotrigine, and ethosuximide. Therefore, nursing mothers who consume these drugs must monitor the symptoms experienced by the baby. However, research shows that side effects experienced by infants with mothers who take epilepsy drugs are rare and studies have not been able to find an association between epilepsy drugs consumed by breastfeeding mothers and their baby's brain development disorders.
Due to limited information regarding what drugs you are taking, sorry I cannot provide more detailed information. The best step you can take is to consult a neurologist further about the epilepsy medication you are taking and its effect on the baby you are breastfeeding.
Hopefully this information helps you.