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I am needing a CAT scan done and am told that i have to wait 24 hours afterward to breastfeed. I have a 2 month old that I am breastfeeding and DO NOT want to give him a bottle. we had to give him a bottle a few days after he was born and he did not want to nurse for a couple days after that... and i definitely don't want to go through that again. Any suggestions out there? Does anyone know if it is really necessary to wait 24 hours to breastfeed?
post #2 of 7
If they need to use IV contrast dye, I would be hesitant to bf for several hours afterward.

I'm sure many other learned moms can give you links for actual time periods, but it's not the scan itself that poses the biggest concern, it's the iv contrast dye that can cross over to the bm.

Can they do a non-contrast CT scan? You may want to find out.

Good luck!
post #3 of 7
It is the iv dye that is the issue like the pp said. You might call the lactation specialist where you delivered and check with them about how long you need to pump and dump.
post #4 of 7
Here is the info you are looking for!

http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/radioisotopes.html
post #5 of 7
Hi-I had a CT scan done when ds was about 14 months old...They used some type of radioactive iodine as the contrast and I did have to wait 24 hrs before nursing again...Thomas Hale had the info. I used to determine whether or not I needed to wait.

I agree with pp--maybe you could find out if they could use an alternate contrast, esp. since your dc is so young and not acclimated to a possible bottle, cup, etc.
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I am needing a CAT scan done and am told that i have to wait 24 hours afterward to breastfeed. I have a 2 month old that I am breastfeeding and DO NOT want to give him a bottle. we had to give him a bottle a few days after he was born and he did not want to nurse for a couple days after that... and i definitely don't want to go through that again. Any suggestions out there? Does anyone know if it is really necessary to wait 24 hours to breastfeed?
I keep reading about how different it is to give a bottle to a baby a few days old vs a baby between 4-8 weeks old. Perhaps you wouldn't have the same problem now that you had earlier.

If you don't want to try it, I think I would be more inclined to make the baby wait 24 hours to eat than to give him milk with harmful stuff in it. I know it sounds horrifying to have to go 24 hours without eating, but those chemicals are really scary.
post #7 of 7
You could aways do cup or syring feeding's of EBM while you wait the 24 hours. That way nipple confusion wouldnt be a issue.
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