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Need help: medical problems interfering with bfing newborn

post #1 of 3
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Hi all,


I'm actually writing on behalf of a relative who had a baby this morning (yay!).  Unfortunately, she's already had a few scary episodes with unexplained bleeding (boo!).  Her maternity staff actually seems really supportive, but an unfortunate problem has arisen.  In order  to figure out why she keeps bleeding and passing out, she had a CAT scan with dye (no clots - yay!  but no indication of what's actually wrong - boo!).  The radiologists told her to pump and dump for the next 24 hours.  But the baby is only 12 hours old!  Mom is understandably upset that this is happening, and she's not sure whether the radiologists have reason to specify dumping, or if they're just "playing it safe".  The lactation consultant is currently off duty, and won't be in until tomorrow.  The nursing staff is willing to let mom nurse if she says that's what she wants - they agree they don't want to do anything to interfere with the baby's latch.  They're also willing to do a syringe if mom wants to pump and dump - actually their suggestion to reduce nipple confusion.


The main problem is that NOW is when mom is producing colostrum.  To dump 24 hours worth seems like such a shame, especially if the lactation consultant gives it a thumbs up tomorrow.  Mom is compromising by saving what she's pumping, just in case the baby can actually have it.


Does anyone here have any experience with this kind of situation?  Any links to medical articles or compelling evidence either way (dye is bad or dye is fine)?  I know this is a very specific request, but I'm at a loss where else to look for help with this! 


Some more history, if it's relevant:  This is baby #2 - big bro is 4.  Both births were 100% natural, no drugs.  This labor lasted a whole 3 hours.  Baby had a water birth.  Baby is large - 9 lb 9 oz, 5 days past due date.


Thanks for any help you can offer!

post #2 of 3

ignorant radiologist.  nursing is safe according to the experts.  just ask which dye she got.


  see http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/radioisotopes.html

and http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/smd/Rad/CSIfaq/Breastfeeding.pdf

nak so this is short, but i am livid for your relative.

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Thank you so much!  She'll be glad to know!

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