Things to consider after delivery

IBD Postpartum Care

What to remember now that baby is here

So the baby has come and your family is bigger than ever before. Congratulations! As the mother of your newborn, you'll want to make sure you're protecting and nourishing your growing bundle of joy the best way you can.

Newborn care

There can be a lot to learn when taking care of an infant for the first time. In addition to feeding and diapering your little one, you'll also need to properly vaccinate your baby.

Although the use of most IBD medications is safe for you and your baby, exposure to specific prescription drugs (such as biologics) while you were pregnant can increase your baby's reaction to live vaccinations after birth. Some mothers will need to avoid vaccinating their newborn with certain vaccines depending on the type of medication exposure your baby had in the womb.

We'll dive deeper into the importance of vaccinations and which ones may be recommended for your little one depending on what he or she was exposed to in utero.

Breastfeeding with IBD

Breastfeeding is a very natural and healthy experience that can be very rewarding for mother and child. However, mothers on IBD medication must consider if the transfer of medication to their newborn is safe when breastfeeding with IBD. In most situations, it's perfectly fine to breastfeed your baby during IBD treatment. But it's important to talk to your doctor about what is best for your child when you're taking IBD medications.

Create a plan with your doctor

Having a baby can be one of the most rewarding—and stressful—times of your life. With so much to think about, it can be easy to forget to discuss every aspect of your child's healthcare or neglect your own. That's why it's important to make a plan of action with your doctor and your child's doctor before leaving the hospital. Then you can feel confident taking your newborn home knowing that your family's healthcare is a priority.

Create a plan with your doctor