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    I've been reading mixed reviews and am wondering if one injection of betamethasone in my lower back could affect my milk supply? I am hesitant to have this done.

  • #2
    Debbieg74,

    We have had some reports of reduced milk supply with high dose-prolonged use of prednisone, but it is unlikely 1 injection of betamethasone would affect your supply.

    Sandra Lovato R.N.
    InfantRisk Center
    806-352-2519

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    • #3
      And how long would I need to wait to resume breastfeeding after receiving the injection?do I need to pump and dump?

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      • #4
        Debbieg74,

        I would just wait one half-life of about 3 1/2 hours after your injection to breastfeed. This medication is ok to breastfeed with unless high doses are used for prolonged periods of time.

        Sandra Lovato R.N.

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        • #5
          Hi- I just learned that the steroid they use for the back injection I need is actually depomedrol (methylprednisone). Can you tell me if you think this could affect my milk supply? Also how long would I need to pump and dump if given this steroid injection in my lower back? Thanks so much!

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          • #6
            debbieg74,

            Methylprednisolone is probably suitable to use during breastfeeding as long as it is taken in low-moderate doses (do not exceed 80 mg daily). If high doses are needed pump and dump for 8-12 hours. A one time injection in your back will probably not effect your milk supply, but cannot say for sure everyone is different.

            Sandra Lovato R.N.
            InfantRisk Center
            806-352-2519

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