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Old 04-01-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Arrow Surgery & Breastfeeding A Newborn

Looking for some encouraging personal experiences here.

LO is 3 weeks old and exclusively breastfed.

I am scheduled to have laproscopic gallbladder removal in the morning. (Put off for 3 years, attacks have become frequent and severe so I can't put it off anymore.)

Both surgeon and anesthesiologist insist I have to pump & dump for 24hrs post surgery.

Lactation consultant and most online literature I've read all say that as soon as I am coherent enough to move around and hold baby, it is safe to nurse.

All the personal stories I've read online supporting nursing a few hours after gen. anesthesia are from mama's of older babies. Obviously I'm a little nervous about potentially exposing my newborn to any lingering anesthesia in my milk... so I'd greatly appreciate any feedback from mama's who have went through gen. anesthesia surgery and then nursed their newbies soon after. She is such a cuddle bug and LOVES to nurse, so I can't imagine denying her the breast for a solid 24hrs.

I am such a ball of nerves over this whole situation.

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Re: Surgery & Breastfeeding A Newborn

My DD was 6m when I had mine out so slightly different but I nursed her right before I went in and DH was just getting ready to make her a bottle when they told him I was awake. I nursed her right after I was awake enough to hold her her then for the rest of the day.
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Re: Surgery & Breastfeeding A Newborn

i wet nursed for a mom who had the same thing after her birth and baby was same age. i would say you only have to pump n dump 6 hrs max now. things have changed drastically since then.
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Re: Surgery & Breastfeeding A Newborn

Thanks for your replies, ladies. Heather.. did you notice any difference in your DD that day.. as in, was she sleepier than usual, anything to make you think maybe she was exposed to any lingering anesthesia? I think if she was a little older I wouldn't be so nervous about it.. which is why I really wish I could put it off a few months, but I know realistically I can't.
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Re: Surgery & Breastfeeding A Newborn

I have nursed various aged babies post anesthesia. The MD is likely uneducated about lactation and wants to cover their behind. Do you have pumped milk to feed her during the procedure? You should be home in several hours right? I just smile and nod then nurse baby at home.
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I had surgery at 8 weeks PP and nursed when I got home. My Dr even told me it was fine. It was. I would smile, nod, and nurse when you get home.
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Moms have c-sections under general anesthesia to deliver their babies (not all but certainly some cases) and still bf in the recovery room when they are awake enough.

Ask the LC at the hospital for documentation on the safety of anesthesia.
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Re: Surgery & Breastfeeding A Newborn

The only thing I noticed was she was gassy
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The way anesthesia works is that it is quickly metabolized. Your body has already processed the majority of it by the time you wake up otherwise you would still be awake. Kellymom I believe offers a list of drugs that are "better" than others. You might take the list and discuss with anesthesia what they plan to use.
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Moms have c-sections under general anesthesia to deliver their babies (not all but certainly some cases) and still bf in the recovery room when they are awake enough.
Yeah, that. I didn't get to directly nurse my c-section baby, but the LC was in my room about five hours after the surgery (not 5 hours after I woke up, but 5 hours after the surgery) trying to get me to start using the pump.
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