Breastfeeding after a stroke in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

I am 25 years old and a recent stroke survivor, I have completed all of my follow up appointments and am in top physical condition (great blood pressure, perfect cholesterol, no heart problems, arteries are healthy and clear, all blood test returned normal and my neurologist feels the stroke was caused by my using birth control pills as i have no other risk factors). After the stroke, my husband and I realized that we wanted to start having children, you cant wait until the prefect time when life is so unexpected. As far as I know as of now we are not pregnant yet, but it would be too early to tell. I have a career as a Market Research Analyst so I am always doing my research far in advance. I feel that breast feeding is incredibly important and something I am excited to share with my baby. However, I feel that my aspirin regimen will be a reason that I am advised not to breastfeed. Since my stroke was unexplained and unpredicted, stopping the aspirin regimen would be a big risk for me; but I desperately want to be a mother that breastfeeds. I am having trouble finding information on having a baby and breastfeeding after having a stroke, since having a stroke at a young age in very rare. Do you have any information you can share with me?

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Nov 18, 2016 16:28 PM

Thank you for your question about pregnancy and breastfeeding following a stroke, I think that the reason why there is so little information about this subject is that there is no reason why, with good support from your healthcare team, that you should not have a healthy normal pregnancy.

However, there are reported and evidenced risks to both the foetus and breastfed babies whose mothers are on aspirin prophylaxis. It would be a good idea to discuss an alternative treatment with your healthcare team.

If you are able to access Medications and Mother's Milk (Thomas W Hale) online, you will find extensive information on the above subject. Alternatively, if you are in the UK, you could contact the Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline on 0844 412 4665

Hope this is helpful,

Katherine Fisher IBCLC