Breastfeeding and surgery?

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Registered: 04-23-2007
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.

TIA

Linds

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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 12:35pm

Would the dr. say it's ok for him to have a bottle or is a bottle off limits too? If the dr. would allow a bottle, I'm having a hard time understanding why nursing would not be ok.


I'm going to admit that I don't know much about adenoid surgery but no nursing sounds pretty bogus to me. I'm going to flag Kathy the board LC on this one.


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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 12:41pm
Thanks for your reply. She is recommending sippy cup. Which most have the valves on them, so the require the sucking motion, too.
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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 04-15-2010 - 12:53pm

My oldest, Jacob had tubes put in and his adenoids out at All Children's in St. Pete. He was still nursing and he started nursing as soon as he was awake from the surgery again. They had originally told me he needed to have a popsicle or gatorade immed. AFTER surgery but the nurse said "oh you are BF. that is much better than anything else". I am not understanding the reasoning behind a sippy cup being okay and not nursing.

I know you said it is okay to wean since he is over a year and I did want you to keep in mind that he WHO, AAFP and many other medical organizations recommend BF for a minimum of 2 years.it is also great that you recognize he is not ready to wean

Here is some great info on benefits of BF after the first year and why it is important
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

hth!

And lots more here: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/index.html



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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 04-15-2010 - 1:17pm
I forgot to mention in my first reply that for my son the surgery made a HUGE difference. WE saw hearing improvements immediately and speech improvements came fairly quickly. He is 11 now and seems to not have any lasting problems.



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Registered: 12-21-2009
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 12:33pm


I’ll be honest I don’t know if it would be ok for the baby to breastfeed or not after the procedure.


Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte

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Registered: 04-10-2006
Sat, 04-17-2010 - 7:27pm

Honestly, I would email Dr. Jack Newman. He is the Canadian equivalent of Dr. Hales, and he answers questions online if you email him (Canada or US). I emailed him regarding the dye for a MRI and breastfeeding and he responded with a lengthy email the same night (it was no problem).

Read the instructions carefully on his site so that he gets the needed information without having to search for it. He is a medical doctor.

http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=33

HTH
Nic

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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 10:03pm

Hi,


Sorry to hear your little one is having such a hard time.

june siggy .