Originally Posted by Gavin'smom
I just had an appointment with a surgeon today because my son has to have a procedure done in a couple of weeks. Anywhoo, breast milk is NOT considered clear fluids. Breast milk is considered solid food. I know, I know....I have no idea how my son is going to handle this when we have been nursing on demand his whole life.
My DS had to have emergency general anaesthesia a few weeks ago -- he's 18 months old. I asked them WHY breast milk is NOT considered okay when JUICE is. The doctor told me that they are concerned about infection. Well, breast milk is sterile. They put breast milk and formula in the same category.
I told them what I was going to do and why, but I have to say it wasn't easy. I also had to "fight" with them to have my baby lay on me instead of in the crib.
I nursed my baby before they said I could. They were worried about infection in his esophagus. I was not because breast milk helps infections, it doesn't cause them. My baby went from being quite listless to his perky, naughty self pretty soon after I nursed him -- he had nothing but an IV for a good 18 hours before that.
Oh, I want to be sure to add: I nursed him AFTER his procedure! Before it, I agree, he wasn't allowed to have anything -- I completely understand why, as well. I just thought it was silly that after his procedure, he was allowed to have juice but not nurse. He had an endoscopy to remove a penny!