On Thursday I was admitted to the hospital due to gallstones and had to have a procedure done to remove them from my bile duct (ERCP). I was then put on an antibiotic and a whole lot of pain meds etc. I was pretty sick the first part of last week but breastfed straight through until I was admitted to the hospital. After this was all done my Dr. told me I could not breastfeed until 2 days after my last anitbiotic was taken, which means I will not be able to breastfeed until Friday. While in the hospital my baby was put on formula basically because I was so sick I wasn't making very much milk and I had to stay overnight and had not stored any milk. I am a SAHM and never thought I would need it.
Now I am freaking out, my baby is on formula and it is making me so sad. He is doing well on it considering the shock I am sure he went through those first couple of days. He is smelly and gassy but other than that he seems happy.
I am pumping and dumping, the first day after I got out of the hospital I pumped and dumped 22 oz, the 2nd day I pumped 20 and today so far I have pumped 16 with one more session to go probably tonight.
Do any of you have any tips on pumping and dumping? Will it be miserable for him to go back to the breast?
I have read several websites that say dr's are quick to say you can't breastfeed while using almost any drug and that most drugs are safe, etc. I am not comfortable going against my Dr.s orders but it really makes me feel angry that they may just be telling me I can't to protect themselves against a lawsuit or they don't want to look up info to see if it would be safe for me to breastfeed.
My family all feel like it is just great that Leo is drinking from a bottle and can handle formula and they do not see the big deal, but I am so afraid he won't want to go back. While I am grateful my son had no adverse reaction to formula or was a miserable baby while I was in the hospital, I am still not thrilled to be giving him formula now, while I am dumping my milk down the drain! I breastfed my first son for 22 months and want to provide the same for this one!
I am rambling now but so thankful a board like this is available for me to vent to people that get it!
Thank you so much!
Angie ( a sad mommy)