I'm currently breastfeeding my 8 month old son. I found out recently that I will need all four of my wisdom teeth removed via IV sedation. My dentist told me I will not be able to breastfeed for a week(!) after my surgery. Of course, I don't agree with this. There's just no way I'm doing that. First of all, my son has to eat. He does get solids occasionally but other than just breastmilk. Secondly, I've already had mastitis twice and I'm NOT going through that again. Thirdly, I am afraid of how not breastfeeding my son for a week will affect him. I'm afraid he will refuse to drink from a bottle or self-wean.
Isn't a week a bit ridiculous? The sedatives are only in my system for so long after the surgery. I'm pretty sure taking pain meds afterward will be fine as well. My dentist said he wants me to wait until I'm done with breastfeeding before having the surgery. But that's the thing, I won't be done for a long time! I plan on nursing him for at least another year.
Has anyone else had the same surgery while breastfeeding? What was your experience? How should I handle this with the dentist?
And my sister opted not to have hers taken out at all. They came in fine, despite what she was told. So if you're not having any problems, you may want to think about whether they really need to come out.
Whatever you decide, I wish you an easy surgery and a speedy recovery.
Fledgling midwife on hiatus, Wife to B, mama to C (c/s 12/04) and S (12/07), m/c (3/12) and expecting another bean 6/13 .
I would wait until my son has weaned or until he's not nursing as often, but my wisdom teeth really need to come out now. Two are impacted (one of which has a bad cavity) and the other two are sideways and rub against my cheeks. They have also caused my bottom teeth to shift. As much as I would like to wait on the surgery, I know it needs to be done.
I figured a week was way too long. I started thinking about how women who have c-sections are able to breastfeed shortly after surgery, so how should it be any different for my situation? I think my dentist was being overly cautious. Many women where I live don't breastfeed and I've noticed most medical professionals here know very little about breastfeeding. I've taken pain meds before while breastfeeding without a problem, so I think it will be fine to continue nursing afterward. I was just more concerned about the sedative I will be given for surgery. Thank you for the information, I will speak to my dentist about it. I will ask what medications I will be given so I can do some research on them. Hopefully I can get things sorted out.
I had my wisdom teeth out pre-children but I had a tonsilectomy under GA when my oldest daughter was 17mo. I fed her almost as soon as I was back in the ward, about an hour after the surgery.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
I had the same surgery when my 2nd little one was the same age as yours. I left the office, went home, and nursed. He never said anything about me breastfeeding (he knew I was tandem nursing).
Babies in Heaven... 9/04 2/05 3/11 4/11 6/11 11/11 2/12 (along with my tube) 9/14 1/15
I'm surprised that I'm the first one to say this: It sounds like your dentist doesn't know anything about breastfeeding.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds