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24 Jan 2013

Tegretol and breastfeeding
Good day,
I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with my first child.
I am using tegretol because I am petimal epileptic. My neurologist put me on tegretol prior to conception, as he said from all the anticonvulstion drugs, tegretol was the safest.
So far my pregnancy is going very well. Baby is healthy and very lively. I would love to breastfeed when he is born, but according to websites, tegretol passes through breastmilk and may be harmful to the baby. I also asked my neurologist and he said that it might be better to give the baby formula, although he did not want to make the call. I am so unsure. I so want to breastfeed, but on the other hand I dont want to put my child in any danger.
Is tegretol ok when breastfeeding or should I rather bottlefeed?

Regards,
Mary