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Old 10-08-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

I know there is a rule-of-thumb of how many hours you should pump and dump after consuming alcohol or taking a medication that could harm baby, and you guys can give me a quick answer.

I had my wisdom teeth out last week and pumped and dumped for 24 hours after the general anesthesia then 12 hours after stopping the pain medication, but now I have to go back in because of a complication and want to take one dose of the pain med so I don't go thru the roof while they are poking around in there. Just wondering if the rule is 8 hours cuz then I can nurse DS at bedtime, otherwise I will have to wait until he wakes up around 3 a.m. I only have 2 feedings worth of frozen milk, so I'm going to stretch it with formula and don't want to pump and dump that any longer than I have to. TIA

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Old 10-08-2008, 11:54 AM   #2
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

This site has good information. It actually says that their are several medications that are compatible w/ BFing and you shouldn't have to pump and dump.

http://www.kellymom.com/health/illness/dentalwork.html
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:21 PM   #3
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

There is not going to be a general rule of thumb for all medications.
It depends on factors like the medication half life and protein binding ability that determine how much is secreted in your milk. (I'm no scientist though so sorry that is not very technical. Someone else feel free to correct on that!) Another consideration is how old/big your baby is.

You can always call a LLL leader who should have access to a book called Dr. Hale's Medication and Mother's Milk (or maybe even some moms on this board have access and can look up for you) that provides breastfeeding info on virtually every medication imaginable. Your oral surgeon should be able to tell you exactly what they are planning to give you and may in fact have alternatives already if you tell them you are breastfeeding.

I would be very surprised if you needed to dump for 24 hours. (As a point of comparison--mamas who have had c-sections and come out of them on morphine and percocet nurse their brand new babies just fine.)
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

What pain meds are you on?? I have never heard of needing to pump and dump with pain meds.. I have taken a number of pain meds.. vicodin, tylenol 3, even morhine and demerol injections while nursing (and pregnant for that matter) and have never pumped and dumped.. I nursed as usual even with a preemie babe and they were just fine. Tylenol and ibuprofen are also perfectly safe. In fact I ahd all 4 of my wisom teeth extracted while nursing and nursed through taking pain meds. Whoever gave you your info was grossly misinformed.
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

You don't need to P&D after general anesthesia or any dental work. I have also taken vicodin and other meds while nursing. Generally at low doses many pain meds are just fine. It sucks you had to do all that...unnecessarily.
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

I DK but i know i once dumped 16 oz in one pumping after margarita night! not a joke either... I was a milk factory at one point!!!
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

you don't need to pump and dump after general anesthesia. www.kellymom.com has good info in regards to breastfeeding
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

I agree with the others, I wouldn't pump and dump!

After my c-sec I have had peroset, morphene and I have an abscess now and have Vikoden 2x's a week when I get my abscess drained, and I also have a prescrip (that I don't use) for Tylenol 3- which is generally given after wisdom teeth removal.
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:35 AM   #9
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

It depends on the medicine. I usually have both my pharmacist and my peditrician look it up for me. Some you can use while breastfeeding and some are in your milk longer than others.
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Re: How many hours of pump'n'dump after alcohol or medication?

Besides Kellymom, who has links to these always go here first when you need to know the compatability of the med you are taking or going to take while breast feeding. Dr. Hale is the Guru when it comes to medications and breast feeding.
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