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Laxatives and breastfeeding

05/01/2002

Question:

Followup to "Laxatives and Breastfeeding (4/22/02) The laxatives are Dulcolax and her bowel movements are normal for breastfeeding. I drink about 10 glasses of water a day and the only thing is, is that I don`t eat alot of fiber. Or I don`t think I do anyway.

Answer:

Dulcolax (bisacodyl)is a stimulant laxative that causes colon contractions that result in defecation. It is reported that there is poor absorption and minimal system levels with no harmful effects reported on the infant. If you feel that your infant could be responding to the laxative have you considered changing to a bulk laxative and increasing the amount of water and fiber in your diet. Your infant is also at the age where colic is present, and this may also be a factor. You might want to discuss this with her health care provider.

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Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati