New member here, looking for advice. I have an EBF eight week old son and discovered I may need thyroid surgery soon, depending on the results of a biopsy I had this week. Besides the fact that I am nervous about the surgery in general, I am extremely upset about the idea of disrupting our breastfeeding relationship. My surgeon told me I would need to pump and dump for two days because of the anesthesia and pain meds. Does this sound right? And my son has never had a bottle. How far in advance should I try to introduce a bottle? If I've never pumped before and suddenly pump for two days straight, will this make my supply drop? How will I know how much milk I need stored up for him? How can I help him not panic and cry the whole two days, since he is a comfort nurser?
Also, has anyone had surgery on their thyroid while breastfeeding? If you have to remove half your thyroid and your body has to adjust, could this impact your supply?
Sorry for so many questions. I don't know where to start with all of this.