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    Default URGENT: MRI QUESTION

    My doctor has ordered me to have an MRI due to some health problems. He told me that I will have to pump and dump for at least one week if not more. The pediatrician said only for 24 hours. That is a major difference! I've tried pumping before and had little luck with that. How long will my milk be affected from the contrasting dye?

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    Default Re: URGENT: MRI QUESTION

    Manufacturers of intravenous contrast indicate mothers should not breastfeed their babies for 24-48 hours after contrast medium is given. However, both the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the European Society of Urogenital Radiology note that the available data suggest that it is safe to continue breastfeeding after receiving intravenous contrast. The Manual on Contrast Media from the ACR states:

    "Review of the literature shows no evidence to suggest that oral ingestion by an infant of the tiny amount of gadolinium contrast medium excreted into breast milk would cause toxic effects. We believe, therefore, that the available data suggest that it is safe for the mother and infant to continue breastfeeding after receiving such an agent.

    If the mother remains concerned about any potential ill effects, she should be given the opportunity to make an informed decision as to whether to continue or temporarily abstain from breastfeeding after receiving a gadolinium contrast medium. If the mother so desires, she may abstain from breastfeeding for 24 hours with active expression and discarding of breast milk from both breasts during that period. In anticipation of this, she may wish to use a breast pump to obtain milk before the contrast study to feed the infant during the 24-hour period following the examination."

    For further information please consult the ACR Manual on Contrast Media, Version 6, 2008, and its references. You may find it on the ACR Website (http://www.acr.org/contrast-manual).
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    Christine
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    Default Re: URGENT: MRI QUESTION

    Call infantrisk.org

    Christine
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