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!
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.
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.