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#1 of 6 Old 06-28-2006, 07:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mamas,

I will be having an MRI with contrast and am wondering if it's ok to continue breastfeeding.

I think they will advise to pump and dump but I don't have a stock of breastmilk in my freezer to be able to do this.

I'm starting to build a supply of breastmilk now...but I'm a ways away from having enough to pump and dump.

I really don't want to give my baby formula...she won't drink it anyway...tried to get her to take it when I was having supply issues and she wouldn't drink it. She did take some when she was starving...but not happily and it didn't agree with her.

So anways, if anyone has any info on this, please let me know. Post here or PM me. THANKS!!

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No answer for you Jassy, but I'm bumping because I am in a similar situation. The MRI isn't scheduled yet; I'm trying to build up a supply first. My bigger problem is that the MRI is to check on a prolactinoma. If it is getting larger (as we suspect it is due to a changing visual field exam) the meds to shrink it will dry up my supply. Ugh.
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So what is an MRI like anyway? I have to have one next month. (I'm not breastfeeding- I just saw this post from the main board.)
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From Hale's website (gadolinium is MRI contrast):

"We do not have data on the other gadolinium salt, Omniscan (gadodiamide), but I doubt it's milk levels will be much different than that already published for Magnevist. Patients will have to choose how they approach breastfeeding after using this one...but I seriously doubt milk levels will be hardly detectable...just as with Magnevist. If mom wants to pump and discard after 4 hours, then most all risk would be eliminated. "

In addition, contrast agents (like gadolinium and the iodine agents used in CT contrast) are not available to baby through digestion (i.e. they're not orally bioavailable) so I wouldn't bother pumping & dumping, personally. HTH!

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No answer for you Jassy, but I'm bumping because I am in a similar situation. The MRI isn't scheduled yet; I'm trying to build up a supply first. My bigger problem is that the MRI is to check on a prolactinoma. If it is getting larger (as we suspect it is due to a changing visual field exam) the meds to shrink it will dry up my supply. Ugh.


Hugz to you Fenway! I'm so sorry about the prolactinoma. How old is your babe?? I guess just try to build up as much of a supply as you can...but I know this isn't easy. Thinking of you!!

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Elowyn...thanks so much for the information!!

Nathan...having an MRI is a bit noisy, but otherwise not painful in anyway. If you're claustrophobic it could be a problem because you're laying in a small tunnel opening. They do have places that do open MRI's now...but those aren't always as clear or detailed as the ones where you have to lay in the tunnel.

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