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    Default can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    I just found out that in one week I will have to take a drug regimin that is NOT SAFE for BF.

    I will have to cease BFing for 4 days...we are not ready to wean, but I also want to do what is best emotionally for my son...

    my hope is that we can get through the 4 days, pump and dump while i am on the drugs, and continue BFing when the coast is clear...but how do I do that!!!?

    My son is 22 months and a dedicated nurser. he nurses many times during the day, he nurses to sleep and we co-sleep half the night, so he nurses alot.

    I have one week...I don't think I have time to wean him - so either way those 4 days will be torture for us all.

    I am desperate for some advice...can anyone help?
    thanks in advance

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    Default Re: can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    what kinds of drugs are you going to have to take?
    most are ok with breastfeeding toddler.

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    Default Re: can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    please don't flame...but I have to have a chemical termination of pregnancy.

    so needless to say it is a highly emotional time anyway...making this process even more difficult.

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    Default Re: can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    no flames here.....
    Have you talked to your local leader?
    She can look the drugs up in dr hales book.

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    thank you - I was nervous to say - it is such a hot topic.

    well, my Dr tells me that it has not been proven safe. (no real testing has been done on BFing specifically) the drug I am taking is used also in treating cancer...which apparently seems to put it on the bad list. even though for chemo treatment, one would get an IV bag full for hours and I am getting one injection.

    we are going to check with the pharmacist to double check the half life...

    If I can't BF for a few days - what can I do? He is going to be a mess.

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    Default Re: can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    heres something from dr hales on methotrexate
    http://66.230.33.248/discus/messages...tml?1164948004
    was that the drug?
    There are some other posts on his web site.

    I'm sorry your having to deal with this.
    I'm sure your toddler will be ok. He might be sad for the few days you have to not nurse, but I bet he will pick right back up where he left off.
    s to you
    andrea

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    Default Re: can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    that was it, and a very useful link!
    Dr. Hale recommends 2 days in the case most similar to mine - and that goes along with what my dr said as well..

    I guess we will just do our best to distract him and give him lots and lots of hugs....

    thank you!!!

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    Default Re: can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    will you have somebody that can help? at least in the over night hours.
    It might work to have a helper sleep with your toddler.

    HAve lots of good snacks and treats.
    And don't sit down.


    I'm sorry your dealing with this it must be so scary!

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    Default Re: can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    Dad is going to go in and sleep with him at night, we are going to get some special cookies (a real treat around here) and a big book of stickers....and something tells me he is going to get to watch alot more videos than he usually does.

    But I know my boy, and he is not going to be happy, regardless of Bob the Builder.

    I know it is foolish to think I can wean him in one week, so I am just going to go on as normal and then stop cold turkey for the 4 days ...do you agree this is the best plan? and do you think saying things like "later" "not now" will help him realize it is temporary?

    thanks again for your support!

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    Default Re: can't nurse for 4 days - what do I do?

    almost two I bet he's pretty smart....
    does he understand broken?
    Mommies boobies (what ever you use) are broken and in 2 days you can nurse all you want to. As long as you let him know your sad about it too
    I bet things will work out for you guys!

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