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Thread: Radioactive mama... NEED Help

  1. #1
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    Jan 2008

    Red face Radioactive mama... NEED Help

    So I had to go for a thyroid scan. Which meant they gave me 2 doses of iodine 123. The tech advised me not to BF DS for a few days.... She advised me to pump and dump. When I look on Kellymom.com I see where I can pump and store the milk and it would be safe for DS at a later date...

    Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it truly safe to pump and store or should I continue to pump and dump?

  2. #2
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    Jan 2008

    Default Re: Radioactive mama... NEED Help

    Thomas Hale says from "Medications and Mother's Milk" 2008

    Because radioactivity decays at a set rate, milk can be stored in the freezer for at least eight to ten half-lives and then fed to the infant without problem. All of the radioactivity will be gone.
    The I-123 has a typical half-life of 13.2 hours.
    Do you know what type of I-123 was used? He recommends anywhere from no discontinuation of breastfeeding to 27 hours with I-123.
    He cites the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They have a table at http://neonatal.ttuhsc.edu/lact/
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