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    Default Surgery and Breastfeeding

    So I went to the ENT Dr. and finally got him to agree to remove my tonsils. I am not real sure about how to go about BF after since I will be put to sleep for the surgery. I know that after words if given pain killers I wont be taken them. If I can give birth with no pain killers and 2 years before that have no pain killers after my weight loss surgery I shouldn't have a problem with this. How far after my surgery should I be able to breast feed with out fear of the meds from surgery leaking in the my milk?

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    Default Re: Surgery and Breastfeeding

    I'd find out what medicine they are planning to use (the anesthesiologist can help with that even if the ENT can't, but I would think the ENT would know) and call Infant Risk (also open to answer calls Monday-Friday 8am-5pm central time at (806)-352-2519). I had general anesthesia, and in my case had to wait 24 hours, but my LO was a year old and not nursing as frequently at the time. I just pumped and dumped for that time to stay comfortable and maintain supply balance. I think it depends on what they give you to knock you out.

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    Default Re: Surgery and Breastfeeding

    You should be able to talk to your anesthesiologist and let them know you're breastfeeding, and they'll let you know when it's safe--after a surgery while nursing, I was able to nurse as soon as I was awake enough not to drop my son (I know that sounds weird, but that's exactly what they told me, that when I was awake enough not to drop him I was fine to nurse). I will say this, though, and it isn't to scare you, but to prepare you (I had my tonsils out in my twenties)--this is going to hurt. Recovering from the tonsillectomy took way longer than I expected, and was much worse than recovering from my c-section. I had it done on a Thursday thinking I'd be back at work Monday, since I have a high pain tolerance, but it didn't work that way. It's much easier on kids, for sure.

    Good luck!

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    I know its going to hurt bad my mom had hers out in her 20s oddly I rather suffer that at this point than getting sick for months on end with strep. I had strep last month I would take the antibiotics and as soon as they were fully done it would come back i ended up doing 4 curses of antibiotics before it went away. It would be nice to have one year where I dont have weeks of being sick with strep.Also from the reading it sounds like it kinda depends on how they remove them how fast you heal and what not . Thanks I dont know why I didnt think about asking the anesthesiologist or just ask the DR when I was at my appointment. I guess I'll chalk it up to being excited to have them removed after all this time of begging to have them out.

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    I know what you mean about being sick all the time--since I had mine removed (almost 20 years ago) I've been sick maybe 4 times. I hope you're better quickly!

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    I can't wait to get mine out but have been waiting until my son weans. I should have had them taken out before I had him after my daughter weaned. Good luck!
    If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katharine Hepburn

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    with the pp I had major abdominal surgery and they explained to me that once I was awake enough to sit up and hold my son I was fine to nurse. be sure to mention that you want pain meds that are compatible with BF and call infantrisk with any drug names
    Autumn
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    Default Re: Surgery and Breastfeeding

    I recently had surgery and was put under anesthesia. I had one nurse tell me I was fine to nurse as soon as I was up and able to function, and another nurse tell me to pump and dump for 24 hours. So, I compromised...I pumped and dumped for 12 hours and nursed after 12 hours. I was also on 5 different medications and the book "Medications and Mother's milk" was MY LIFE SAVER! Very useful information and that was what I used as my guide. As stated in PP, be sure to tell them you are BFing, because sometimes they can choose different meds to give you that are safer.

    On a personal note, my supply did go down after my surgery and multiple trips to the hospital/ER. So keep that in mind if you notice a difference in nursing afterwards.

    Good luck :-)

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    And there are pain killers that are BFing compatible; again, talk to the people at Infantrisk.
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