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i am currently breastfeeding my 15 month old son and intend to keep nursing as long as it works for both of us. that said, i have to have all four wisdom teeth out in early January and have been advised to stop breastfeeding for a few days after the surgery. Just hearing those words made me feel incredibly sad. I had to work really hard to breastfeed my son in the first place due to a terrible hospital experience where the nurses kept on giving my son formula. I guess I feel like I don't know wether to trust this dentists advice about breastfeeding and am feeling insecure about the whole thing. Does anyone have experience with surgery while breastfeeding?<br><br>
thanks. :boy:
 

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I had half of my thyroid removed when my middle dd was 9 months old. At firstt I was told that I couldn't bf for at least 24 hours, then I got the hospital lc involved and got them to agree that it wasn't a problem. If you are being put under when you are awake the anesthesia is out of your system for the most part. If you just need novacaine there is a type that is safe while breastfeeding but it doesn't last as long. If your local hospital has an lc contact her see if she can help you convince your dentist that it is safe or to use something that is.<br><br>
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Women who have general anesthesia for cesarean birth are not told to not breastfeed after, and their babies are NEWBORNS! I would think a 15 month old would be fine. I'd also check with an LC, but I certainly would not trust a dentist's advice on breasfeeding!
 

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good point, and really, how much of a breastfeeding expert is the average dentist?<br><br>
thanks i will persue this a little bit and keep on nursing.
 

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Yeah, don't trust the dentist about it. I've got a severe phobia of dentists and I've got quite a few cavities to be fixed so when I e-mailed a dentist about get sedated for the procedure he told me that I would have to pump and dump for 3 days afterwards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br>
I still haven't gone to the dentist. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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I had surgery in September, and I pumped/dumped for 36 hours afterward simply because I was on vicodin for the pain. I quit taking the vicodin and switched to ibuprofen after the first day, and then I nursed again.<br><br>
Your kiddo is experienced enough at this, that a little break in nursing shouldn't interfere with nursing much if at all... but if you can, look into a pain medication that is safe with breastfeeding and then you can nurse much quicker after the surgery <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
good luck! I had my wisdom teeth taken out surgically and it wasn't fun, but the recovery goes pretty quick.
 

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I was sedated for wisdom teeth removal and my dd was a nursing toddler.I nursed her right after the surgery,and on demand after that. Yes, I did take whatever pain meds they gave by script. I too was advised to not nurse. I think that is typical recommendations. My dd would have none of that,so we nursed-and she was fine.Best wishes! Do what you feel comfortable with.
 

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Just as an fyi I was on darvaset(sp) for pain after my surgery and it was fine for breastdfeeding. My dd was a little sleepy but I was in pain so a sleepy baby wasn't really a bad thing.<br><br>
Also check and see what they suggest/prescribe for pain and have someone w/ Hale's book check it out.
 

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I also had surgery when ds was around 20 months.... I didn't breastfeed for a couple of days, mostly because I was at the hospital and ds wasn't allowed in. Fortunately I had some frozen BMilk and he had that while I was away. I was also told not to BF because of general anesthesia, but I did pump while at hospital to "take out" any "contaminated" BM and dumped it all.... BF'ing resumed uneventfully when I came home....<br><br>
If your BF'ing relationship is well established, for sure it won't be affected.
 

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I had my gallbladder removed when my daughter was just 4months old. I went armed with all the facts for bf and didn't even have to argue wiht anyone. Actually, the surgeon and hospital were very supportive. The anesthesiologist told me whenever I felt like I wanted to nurse I could. Check with Le Leche they have some great info on drugs and bf. I was told I could nurse as soon as I felt up to it. Luckily your daughter is old enough to be able to make it on her own for awhile. I think a lot of practitioners don't see the cost/benefit of nursing or stopping for a few days. They would rather be extra cautious. I would be this dentist has no real info on bf and is just being over cautious for no real medical reason. I too was very distressed when I found out I would have to get surgery,but it all worked out just fine. There is a great book that Le Leche uses with lots of research on bf and drugs. If anyone knows please post it. Good luck!
 
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