Post Partum Thyroid Dysfunction and Low Milk Supply
A large amount of thyroid hormone is needed to initiate breastfeeding and this is how this breastfeeding problem starts.
There is an increased need for the thyroid hormone and iodine during pregnancy, which puts a strain on the thyroid.
thyroid dysfunction is common, especially in women with Hashimoto's thyroid inflammation.
Poor milk production in women with thyroid dysfunction is due to low blood levels of thyroid hormone. (underactive thyroid)
If thyroid hormone is given to a mother with breastfeeding problems, the issues should disappear quickly within a week.
The good news is that, if you have thyroid problems, you can
safely breastfeed, whether your thyroid problem developed before, during
or after pregnancy
It is important to be evaluated by your Health Care Provider. If it has been proven by blood tests, that you have gone into a hypothyroid state, there is thyroid medicine that can be used during lactation.
Should I carry on taking my thyroid hormone drugs (i.e., Synthroid, Levoxyl, Armour, Thyrolar) while I'm breastfeeding?
Yes. Thyroid hormone replacement crosses into breast milk in small quantities, and has no bad effect on a baby.
Can I get a thyroid scan when I'm breastfeeding?
A thyroid scan is not advised while breastfeeding. A thyroid scan
involves an injection of radioactive iodine. The radioactive iodine
will pass into the milk for weeks, and can have an effect on your baby's