Phentermine and Breastfeeding
When a mother breastfeeds her child, nearly all of the stuff that she drank and ate that day are passed on in some ways to the child. This is why breastfeeding mom’s still do not drink too much alcohol, caffeine or even smoke. It is just a reality that a nursing mom needs to accept.
It is also natural that when you have just given birth, you want to lose weight. Sometimes breastfeeding is not enough as your only weight reducing strategy. Have you ever thought of using diet pills? If you have, then you might be familiar with phentermine.
Phentermine is a rapidly acting diet pill that works by suppressing your appetite. It does this by flooding your body with adrenaline, making you think that you need to burn more fat instead of laze around and eat.
What happens to phentermine when mixed with breast milk?
But the thing is, phentermine is not 100% safe for breastfeeding women. While there are no hard and fast evidence or studies that show that it is detrimental to the breastfeeding woman and her child, there are also NO studies saying otherwise. So we are not sure.
And when you think that most of the stuff that you take naturally gets passed on to the breast milk then it is only smart to assume that the same thing will happen to your phentermine pills. Do you want your kid taking diet pills, even if it is just 1% of it? probably not.
Is it safe to be on phentermine while breastfeeding?
Again, it is not the safest thing in the world. The side effects of phentermine are not exactly comfortable. You have to deal with:
- Insomnia and restlessness, anxiety
- Increased heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Mood changes
These are not the things that you want your baby to experience, even just for a second, right? So even if there are no hard evidences against phentermine, it really is just better to lay off it for the meantime.
What can I do if I want to lose weight while breastfeeding?
You have alternatives, lucky for you. There’s phentramin-d, works like phentermine BUT does not have these side effects. So you can still lose weight even if you are not using phentermine. It is safe enough to be given a go signal by the US FDA to be sold over the counter. Like most over the counter drugs, it should be ok to be taken while pregnant but of course, the final say is still with you and your doctor.
What you can be sure of is that it still produces a lot of weight loss for you. You should be ready to lose 20 to 30 lbs. in a month, so get those smaller clothes ready for you. Then you also do not need to worry about getting insomnia or mood swings with this one. This is all gentle on the body but still gives you the same good anti-obesity effect.