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#1 of 3 Old 02-20-2013, 09:57 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi, I have a 14 month old baby and I am going to get a root canal today. The Dr says not to breastfeed after because of the meds. Baby drinks goats milk a few times a day, so she doesn't breastfeed a ton, but I'd like to keep going. I can pump and dump, but I barely will get an ounce when I pump. My question is.. How long can I go without breastfeeding or pumping without my supply going away? 

Also, can I just skip a pill when I want to breastfeed? 

How often do I need to pump and dump? Is once a day enough? 

She bf's about 3 or 4 times a day. Mostly early AM and when she's going to sleep. 

Thanks for your help!

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I've had root canals and much more major surgery and I've had pain pills afterward and breastfed. For a small baby, I'd say to take the pill just after nursing so it's not at it's strongest when you nurse but not to worry too much, but for a 14 month old baby I wouldn't worry at all. Doctors are overly cautious about breastfeeding, and "don't breastfeed" is their answer to a lot of things.

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Here's a link I found, and if you look at the notes for the ones with worse ratings, the notes suggest watching newborns to make sure they aren't too affected. A 14-month-old should be OK with most meds. If your 14-month-old needed surgery, she would be given pain meds.

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