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1week baby, not having milk, suspected hypothyroidism, rh- and rh+, taken precautions. Any relationship between hypothyroidism and rh?

Hi doc,my wife gave birth to a child before a week and we she noticed that the baby is not taking any milk! Our doctor suspect hypothyroidism and we r waiting the lab result tomorrow. My wife is Rh- and i am Rh +,my question is is there any relationship between hypothyroidism and Rh factor? we did all the precautionary measures before the birth of the my baby and my wife is living in Africa! Thanks!
Asked On : Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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Hello, I would be happy to help you.

First of all, RH-status has nothing to do with hypothyroidism. This is a fact. She should have received a medication called Rhogam if the baby's blood type was RH-Positive. With regard to the difficulty with breast feeding, you imply that she either has low milk production OR the baby is not breast feeding well. I am not entirely clear which is the case. Yes, hypothyroidism can affect breast feeding, so she should be checked. If this is normal, then the next best thing is for her to visit with a lactation nurse to determine if she is doing everything right with regard to how she is breast-feeding.

I hope that this helps and good luck!
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