SIBO and Nursing We are embarking on a new journey to optimum health. I have been having problems with my health since 2003, which was shortly after my third child was born. I will write more later about that situation.  For now I would like to share my findings with you.  A couple of us are starting the SCD or Specific Carbohydrate eating plan to deal with Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth.

Part of the regimen options are to deal with the bacterial overgrowth by the utilization of antibiotics that are not systemic and that target just the intestines.

I have tried everything under the sun to get well and I am ready to try this option, but I am nursing so I had some obvious concerns. I got an opinion of three different physicians.

This is what I found out:

Rifaximin: Peeks 1 hour after it is taken and is out of your system within 2-5hours.

Neomycin: Peeks 1-3 hours after it is taken and is out of your system after 6 hours.

Neomycin is some times prescribed for children, therefore you would assume this may be safer for a nursing baby.

From what I understand any studies done to measure the safety for children have been on children 12 years old and up.

Both of these antibiotics are not systemic which means they are not supposed to be transported through the blood system.

Generally the feeling is that these “should” be safe if you are nursing, but the truth is no studies have been done on infants that nursed while their mother’s took these antibiotics.   As usual we must weigh the benefit over the potential risks.   Probiotics are an important part of recovery if one chooses to use antibiotics, for both baby and mother.  I would love to know if you have any extra information on the subject.

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  1. Caroline December 13, 2015 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I know this is an old post but I’m hoping you found some answers, as I have the same questions. I’m dealing with SIBO while pregnant and hoping to start antibiotics after birth but do not want to sacrifice breastfeeding.

  2. Jessica May 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Did you end up taking antibiodics? I’m in the same situation and would love to know

    • Caroline July 20, 2016 at 6:57 am - Reply

      I am actually still in the process of getting my insurance to cover the antibiotic (Rifaximin). It is a very expensive medication ($1200 for 14 days) so the insurance company will try everything to get out of paying.
      There isn’t much information about the safety of this drug while breastfeeding but my GI helped me determine that it is likely safe because it stays in the intestine. Still, I’ve had to give up breast feeding to start taking natural supplements in the mean time because I keep getting sicker as time passes. I’m having mild to medium success with Berberine and Olive Leaf Extract (these are not safe while breastfeeding).
      While breastfeeding, I had some success from using Grapefruit Seed Extract (10 drops in cup of water, 3 times daily, for 3 weeks).My naturopath and GI doc approved as safe for use while breastfeeding. While pregnant I had mild success at keeping the overgrowth at bay with eating 2 tblspns of raw coconut oil daily and taking daily Epsom salt baths. I hope this helps someone.

      • foodiefam September 26, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        I am so sorry I missed the comments on this post. I did in fact end up taking the antibiotics. I can remember feeling like little bubbles where popping in my belly which is typical of a SIBO response. I followed it with taking flucanozole and following a candida protocol. Thanks for taking the time to write. EmmaSara

    • foodiefam September 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Jessica, I did indeed end up doing the protocol. I did feel that it was beneficial. Check out my comment to Caroline. I am also happy to report that I no longer suffer from severe food intolerance any longer! Not only am I living with food freedom but I a feel great and my gut is healed. This has been a journey and I have learned so much. I am going to write a small book on my journey so stay tuned for it to be published! EmmaSara

      • Brooke March 13, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

        Hi EmmaSara,
        Could you provide more details on your candida protocol and your experience with the antibiotics for SIBO? I am debating taking the antibiotics right now myself, my girl is still breastfed at 7 months old.
        Thank you!

        • Compelled Life June 6, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

          Brooke, hello sorry i am just getting to this. If you still need more detailed info. Contact me on my Facebook page

          I also have another blog

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