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heidisue 12-11-2007 11:35 AM

Can I BF after a MRI?
Okay, for all you who read my previous post - I got in today and the tech said I was allowed to refuse to get the dye :banghead: Why didn't they tell me that last time!!! I have spent the last week pumping like a mad woman and all I had to do was refuse the dye!

So - I had no dye whatsoever, just the MRI (I believe those are radio waves). Does anybody have a book that they can look up if I an BF immediately or should I pump/dump a time or two?

jessica_s 12-11-2007 03:02 PM

Re: Can I BF after a MRI?
It's safe to BF right after just an MRI, it's just waves going through your body - nothing stays with you. The question is only with the dye.
I dont have any sources but all the hospitals I googled said ok to BF after an MRI even if they say to dump after the dye.
Your good!

maryjane 12-11-2007 03:05 PM

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When I had my CT scan before my appendectomy the CT tech told me I had to pump and dump for 7 days, the surgeon told me 3 days, so I looked it up and it was 48 hours. This was with the dye. I was so mad, I'd been dumping out all that milk for 4 days. I was nursing twins too. Without the dye it's safe to go ahead and nurse.

mama2madj 12-11-2007 03:10 PM

Re: Can I BF after a MRI?
i nursed my ds after last yrs mri, a few hrs after. if i recall most of it is out of the blood system within 4hrs
decided not to use the contrast this time w/ the nursing newborn though

mama2jack 12-11-2007 03:17 PM

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My ob had me pump and dump for 24 hours after my MRI but she told me it was because of the the contrast I had to drink.

TwinKristi 12-11-2007 03:19 PM

Re: Can I BF after a MRI?
You should be fine to BF after your MRI, it really shouldn't effect YOU or anything... especially if you didn't need the dye! Glad you didn't need it!!! :hugs:

yummymommy 12-11-2007 09:23 PM

Re: Can I BF after a MRI?
ABSOLUTELY! It is the contrast. If you didn't have it you are safe to breastfeed immediatly. I had my MRI last spring when DS was 2 month old -believe me I checked into it myself. I'm also a ICU nurse - so I consulted ome educated people at work. Rest easy Mama! The dye is definately not good, but you are abolutely 100% safe breastfeeding your LO:thumbsup:

CharmKami 12-11-2007 11:17 PM

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bf right after mri is fine

with the contrast/dye you have to pump and dump for 72 hours afterwards, I refused mine when I had my mri done

heidisue 12-13-2007 05:29 PM

Re: Can I BF after a MRI?
Thanks mamas - and an update...

Everything is perfect!! :) I feel so much better to know that it is okay.

kezoo 12-13-2007 09:17 PM

Re: Can I BF after a MRI?
Just to add in here: MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging - it is NOT radio waves, but magnets being activated (that's what all the noise is during the MRI). So yeah, the MRI itself is safe, as pp said, not the contrast.

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