Breastfeeding and Colonoscopy - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-26-2007, 11:40 AM - Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Not in a bubble!
Posts: 1,769
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am lucky enough because of family history to require a colonoscopy this year and I am still nursing my 2 year old. I am worried about the medications I am going to be given to have it done. Has anyone else had to have one done while bfing? Were the meds ok to take while bfing?

TIA.
April
ParisApril is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-26-2007, 12:43 PM
 
Llyra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: right here
Posts: 9,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You don't have to stop nursing at all.

I had one when my babes were only two months old. It was no big deal as far as the nursing. I had to use a saline laxative the night before, but that was fine while nursing. We did watch the babies for diarrhea but I was told it was a pretty low risk that it might bother them at all. Then I nursed right up until I left the house for the procedure.

I had Propofol during the procedure as a sedative http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-nmh031105.php
and the anesthesiologist recommended waiting about 6 hours afterward to nurse. I think many docs would recommend 24 but you will see in the above link that this does not seem to be necessary, and my doc even said the 6 hours was really probably not necessary. In the event, my DS was hysterical when I got home so I nursed him right away, about an hour and a half after the procedure. He had no bad effects at all.

No big deal. And as far as me, I had no discomfort at all (except for the laxative, which wasn't nice) and the Propofol wore off quickly and didn't bother me at all afterwards.

Good luck!

me knit.gif, he bikenew.gif, my three reading.gif, sleepytime.gif, and fairy.gif-- and the one we lost angel2.gif
Llyra is offline  
Old 07-26-2007, 04:36 PM
 
RootSnort's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: The Sunny South!
Posts: 1,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had one, I had versed and fentanyl during, and did not need to hold BFing at all. And with propafol you don't have to hold BFing either, I don't think. It's gone out of the system SO FAST! I would avoid Demerol, it sticks around the body too long.

But here's the thing: you are at increased risk for an electrolyte imbalance from the laxative because you are nursing. So, have them draw a CMP (complete metabolic profile) while you are there for the test and make sure you don't need any extra electrolytes before you go home. Eat some Pedialyte pops the night before your test while you take your prep (skip the red ones). And I would try diaper rash ointment while doing the prep...owie!
RootSnort is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off