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About 3 weeks postpartum, I got really sick and had to be hospitalized. Upon arrival, I informed the staff that I was a breastfeeding mother and I wanted to make sure that anything they prescribed would be safe for the baby. At first, everything was going well as far as the medications were concerned, until I got worse and started dozing off.

They didn't inform me that they were switching my medication and it turned out to be something that wouldn't be good for the baby. Meanwhile, I had been pumping and Wes had been taking my milk home every two hours, so Zoë had consumed some of the tainted milk. After finding this out, I made sure that the staff knew to properly inform me prior to any additional medications I'd be administered.

I was in the hospital for about a week and I'm sure I was a pain because every time the doctor ordered a new medication, I had the nurse call the pharmacist to make sure the medication was safe for breastfeeding. I also did my own research (yay smart phones!) online and found that had a partial list of medications and their safety ratings for breastfeeding mothers. Obviously, I hope that we can all stay healthy and avoid any need for medication, but in the event that you do, do not be afraid to consult with your resources.

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