Pumping and dumping after surgery
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|Sat, 08-22-2009 - 6:00pm|
So I'm scheduled to have my gallbladder removed on Thursday. It's done under general anesthesia, and I'm told I will need to pump and dump for some period of time to keep my supply going but prevent my baby being exposed to the drugs they use during the surgery. However, I haven't been able to find out a reliable answer as to how long I'll need to do this.
I guess I'm looking for two numbers, really: how long a cautious person would wait would be the longer number, and how long before I could nurse the baby if he were really, really upset and not being comforted by other things would be the other. For instance, if he were having trouble going to sleep six hours after I get home, could I nurse him for a moment to help him go down? After that, I could try to minimize his nursing, offering him a bottle and solid food instead, until 24 hours, or whatever would be the point at which I'm definitely "all clear," with no anesthetic left in my system.
I'm not terribly worried about the baby not getting enough to eat, because he's eight months old and eats solids well. Also, I have a small freezer stash for him. I'd like to have a number of hours after which I could nurse him briefly if I really need to, but I'll try to hold out until the ideal number.
Anyone have any recommendations on this issue?