Breastfeeding and surgery?
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|Thu, 04-15-2010 - 11:42am|
Hello! I am hoping I could get some help with an issue I am having. My DS is 11 months old(will be 1 on May 10th). All his life he has had breathing issues. Snoring, rattling chest, loud breathing, stuff like that. FINALLY, we got into an ENT and discovered his adenoids are huge. He also has a lot of fluid in his ears. He is all scheduled for surgery May 27th(so after he is a year) to remove his adenoids and put tubes in his ears. While talking to the ENT I asked about the nursing and she said I could not nurse him for 3+ days after surgery as the sucking motion could dislodge the cauterized part that helps healing.
I am nervous about this. My DS is a total comfort nurser. With all of the issues he has had with his breathing and snoring, he wakes up a lot and wants to nurse. We have tried CIO, rocking, walking, and everything else under the sun, and nothing will work. He wants to nurse. And I am happy to let him. So the idea of putting him through this pain, then taking away his comfort really bothers me.
We have tried every bottle there is(with the hope that maybe having breast milk at night in a bottle would help him sleep), and every sippy cup, and no luck. He will chew on a sippy cup for a minute, then come snuggle in with me and nurse.
He needs this surgery. I know he really does. The fluid in his ears has affected his hearing and delayed his speech. And he is up all night, which i am fine to sit up and nurse, but he is miserable.
So, I need some other ideas of ways to do things. I would seriously feed him milk with a spoon. He will be over a year, so technically ok to stop nursing, but I honestly don't think either one of us is ready for him to wean. I nursed my older DD, but only for like 6 weeks, so this is all unfamiliar territory to me. I love nursing, and though I would stop as soon as he was ready, I know he isn't.