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Hi...I'm usually lurking through the forums but I actually have a problem/situation which I could use some support....<br><br>
I went to the doctor yesterday to check out a lump in my throat. The doctor felt it and said it was some type of nodule on one half of my thyroid. I had blood work and she's scheduled me for a thyroid scan. This apparently consists of my taking a radioactive isotope (?). The doctor said i can't breastfeed for three days!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><br><br>
My daughter is six and a half months. She's only just started to eat a little brown rice and banana, mainly at night. I have five days to pump as much as I can. I don't have a big backup supply. I'm really worried about nightime. She still gets up two to three times a night to eat and snuggle (we cosleep).<br><br>
I'm afraid that I'll have to use formula, which isn't obviously a tragedy, but she might not like it. I'm more concerned about our nursing relationship. How is she going to understand why I can't nurse her? What can I do to make it easier for her and me?<br><br>
Thanks for your advice!
 

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contact your local LLL Leader as soon as you can. sometimes the drs are just wrong about how long or even if you have to pump and dump. the Leaders have a big book that tells about such things. my LLL Leader had to have a mammogram for a lump near her breast while she was nursing and she was told she'd have to pump and dump, but she was able to look in her resources and see that it wasn't necessary at all. the radiologist is trained in radiology not lactation so he didn't know how long it took for the radiation to get out of the milk supply. i know a mammogram is different from your situation, but it may be that your thyroid dr is just being more cautious than she needs to be, so i'd definitely check it out a little more thoroughly. if you do need to do the 3 days off i'm sure LLL would have some good advice on that, too.<br><br>
hope you get a good report. might just be a goiter? not too much fun, but better than some things. thyroid problems are pretty common postpartum. i've been hypothyroid for years prior to and after my pregnancies. hope your situation is just something like that because while it's kind of a pain to remember to take that little pill everyday it's really not too big of a deal.<br><br>
good luck with everything and do doublecheck what the dr said about not breastfeeding.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
p.s. here's the LLL contact info page... <a href="http://lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html" target="_blank">http://lalecheleague.org/WebIndex.html</a> .<br><br>
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We just had a thread about this!<a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=82612" target="_blank">To wean?</a>
 

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Definitely don't stop nursing for any length of time without further research! It's more than likely that your doctor doesn't have all the information she needs to advise you correctly. Read up on the links from the thread Mallory posted, and also look here:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/meds/thyroid/index.html" target="_blank">this is the index page on thyroid and breastfeeding at Kellymom</a><br><br>
:<a href="http://www.kellymom.com/meds/thyroid/thyroid-treatment.html" target="_blank">Kellymom page on thyroid testing and treatment</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/meds/thyroid/thyroid-links.html" target="_blank">Kellymom links on thyroid/bf page</a><br><br>
HTH!
 

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I just want to chime in, and say that when my dd was 31/2mts, I had all of my wisdom teeth pulled. The doctor advised me not to bf for a week, due to the pain killers and meds they gave me. I really WISH I had known or thought to call LLL, because of course my milk supply went down, and I was so discouraged, and that was the end of my bf'ing experience. 8mts later, at a LLL meeting, I was told that I never even had to stop, that the meds they had given me would not cross into the milk...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br>
I now have a second chance with my second child.<br>
Look into it, or you may really regret it!!!!<br>
HTH,<br><br>
Mamasoleil/samson<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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jane and mallory, great links to the other thread and the info on kellymom. fairielass, check into it! really, most drs don't know much about breastfeeding even the ones who should like OBs. i bet you can work something else out. definitely don't just do what he says 'cause he's the dr, but you know that or you wouldn't be posting here!
 

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Thanks so much for the advice!<br><br>
I researched the isotopes and called the radiologist to ask about which one would be given during the test. The one they use should allow me to breastfeed within 24 hours. I'm going to double check. The Kelly's website was Awsome!!<br><br>
I also called my doctor and asked for a second opinion. I go see her on Monday. There are two other tests which can be done without my having to stop breastfeeding. One of them is a fine needle aspiration test. Boy, I must really love my little girl if I'm asking to have a needle poked in my neck versus taking a pill!<br><br>
I'll keep you updated!
 

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I am the one that started the thread mentioned earlier! Definately ask if there are other isotopes to use, and the one w/ the shortest 1/2 life!!! Good Luck and I hope that your tests turn out okay. I was also told that I could not BF for 3 days, but after doing the research I found out that 75% would be gone in 12 hours, and 90 somthing% in 24 hours. It will still be hard, but I think we'll be able to handle it!
 
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