January 23, 2009,
K.R. asks from East Liverpool, OH on January 22, 2009
Breastfeeding After Tubal
I'm having my tubes tied on Monday and my One year old is still nursing. I asked the Dr and they said to wait until 24hrs after the surgery to breastfeed. I've read someother opinions online that say 4hrs afterword is safe if you don't take any other pain meds. i had my gallbladder out when my #2 was nursing and I think I nursed him about 10hrs after the surgery but I can't remember (it was 5 years ago) so I wondered if there is anyone who has had surgery- tubal or otherwise and how long did you wait to nurse. Thanks so much!
J.L. answers from Toledo on January 23, 2009
When I had a colonoscopy while BF my son, the dr recommended 2 days before resuming BF just to be safe all the meds were out of my system. I would wait tht extra time, better safe than sorry.
V.C. answers from Dayton on January 23, 2009
Hi, I understand your concern to resume breast feeding asap. However I am giving a reply to your question as a nurse, and mother. Please only follow the advice of the doctor that advised you, he may have a very good reason for advising a stated wait time. Ask him to explain the reasons for the wait time as it may be a matter of another medication revolving around the procedure. To many times people follow advice of others that may not understand the entire situation. I do hope that you decide to follow only the advice of your doctor for your and your baby's safety.
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C.P. answers from Kokomo on January 22, 2009
As a Lactation Consultant, you do NOT have to pump and dump at all. Once you are awake and alert you can BF. They will give you meds that are fine for breasfeeding...so it's ok!
N.S. answers from Columbus on January 22, 2009
I asked my ped and pharmacist abt meds in breast milk. Both of them told me that there is no way to measure how much of any medicine actually goes into breast milk. I opted for 12 hours when I was on meds and it seemed to be fine. On a side note though, I had surgery when I was 15 weeks pregnant and was on narcotics and morphine afterwards. I was told that these meds would not have long-term effects on the baby which they didn't. I can't imagine that the amount in breast milk would be higher than when the baby is in the womb.
C.W. answers from Indianapolis on January 23, 2009
Only read a few responses and I only agree with the one from the nurse. I too am a nurse and I recommend talking to your doctor as to why he gave you the wait time. Only he knows what meds will be used during this and afterwards so he is the only one with the knowledge. You only want to do what is best for your child. Pump before hand so you can give that to him. Goodluck
C.W. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2009
It probably depends on what they are giving you for the sugery and pain afterwards but back in 82 when I had my last child I had my tubes tied at the same time and I nursed at the first feeding at 2AM. If you think you can stand the pain as for the pain med that's not as strong. Ot see if the might be able to do an edidual for the surgery. That could help but they will want to use the best one for you. No need to go through needless pain. What about pumping and freezing so the baby will still have breast milk. My youngest never like formula and the first bottlr he got with breatmilk his little eyes lit up. It was like wow I didn't know this came in these. He smiled so big. He was about 6 months old.
C.N. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2009
K., I appreciate your dilemma. Best advise is to follow your Doctors advise. Pump and save bottles in advance. I had C-sections and a tubal with my last section and was breast feeding right away. Never had a problem. I always pumped and had bottles ready so that my husband could be a part of feeding or if I had to run an errand I did not have to worry about the feeding schedule because he could be home to take care of it. Nipple confusion? Never happened. I think it is a fallacy. When my son was hungry it did not matter where it came from. Good Luck.
E.E. answers from Mansfield on January 23, 2009
i had my tubal the day after birth and nursed the newborn later that day. idk if the dr. told youto wait b/c your 1 yr old is bigger, ie heavier than a new born, or if its the anesthesia. that wuold be good to know. if its not the residual drugs in your system, you could try it and see if you can be comfortable while feeding.
A.K. answers from Indianapolis on January 23, 2009
There are varying opinions on when it is safe to resume breastfeeding. Some doctors stay on the more cautious side and say 'pump and dump' for 24-48 hours. But, others will say that it is alright to resume breastfeeding right away. When I had my surgeries, I resumed nursing as soon as I was able. The only thing that happened was that my babies got a little sleepy. You might want to contact someone from La Leche League. They would be able to give you some more concrete advice (evidence-based information). Or, you could call and talk to a lactation consultant at a pediatrician's office or hospital. They would also be able to help.