I'm currently breastfeeding my 8 month old son. I found out recently that I will need all four of my wisdom teeth removed via IV sedation. My dentist told me I will not be able to breastfeed for a week(!) after my surgery. Of course, I don't agree with this. There's just no way I'm doing that. First of all, my son has to eat. He does get solids occasionally but other than just breastmilk. Secondly, I've already had mastitis twice and I'm NOT going through that again. Thirdly, I am afraid of how not breastfeeding my son for a week will affect him. I'm afraid he will refuse to drink from a bottle or self-wean.
Isn't a week a bit ridiculous? The sedatives are only in my system for so long after the surgery. I'm pretty sure taking pain meds afterward will be fine as well. My dentist said he wants me to wait until I'm done with breastfeeding before having the surgery. But that's the thing, I won't be done for a long time! I plan on nursing him for at least another year.
Has anyone else had the same surgery while breastfeeding? What was your experience? How should I handle this with the dentist?