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Old 12-11-2007, 10:35 AM   #1
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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 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?

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Old 12-11-2007, 02:02 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:05 PM   #3
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Re: Can I BF after a MRI?

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.
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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
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:17 PM   #5
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Re: Can I BF after a MRI?

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.
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:19 PM   #6
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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!!!
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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
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Re: Can I BF after a MRI?

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
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:29 PM   #9
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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.
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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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