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Old 05-15-2008, 09:19 PM   #1
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Breastfeeding and general anesthetic

I'm having my wisdoms removed next Friday and I need to know when it is safe to resume breastfeeding.
DD is 2, and I'm concerned that she will not understand that I may not be able to nurse her at bedtime. poor thing.
Also, I may not be feeling too good either, so even if it was safe to nurse, I may not be physically able.

Should I stay at IL's house that night and leave DH with the kids?
Or lock myself in my room and pretend I'm not home?
I know it won't be pretty if I were to stay home and say no to 'milkies' at bedtime. Yikes! And she wakes up at night to nurse too.

Anyone else had to deal with this?
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:58 AM   #2
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Re: Breastfeeding and general anesthetic

I went through this in the beginning of March. I was told to nurse as soon as I felt up to it.

I fed my son right before, and my mom watched him in the waiting room so I could feed him afterwards if he was hungry. (And I gave my mom a bottle to feed him if he was hungry before I felt good enough to feed him).
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I had surgery in March and nursed my baby when I got home from the surgery center.
Having wisdom teeth out isn't a biggie.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:21 PM   #4
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Here's a list of meds and breastfeeding for anasthetic from kellymom:

http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/anesthetics.html

do you know which general anasthetic you're having, or can you call to find out?

I've heard that as soon as you're awake the drugs are out of your system and it's safe to nurse.

Can I ask why you're getting general over local? Since local anasthetic is not absorbed from the stomach or intestines it's the safest for nursing. Wisdom tooth extraction really isn't such a big deal that it has to be done under general. Local anasthetic doesn't take with me, and I had one wisdom tooth removed without any anasthetic, hurt like a .. for 2 seconds and then was just sore. You can breastfeed while getting local and it won't do anything.
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http://www.promom.org/bf_info/stillbf.htm

Promom says you can breastfeed after general, regional or local. But I'd still call and see which you're getting and check it on the kellymom list.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:01 PM   #6
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Re: Breastfeeding and general anesthetic

Thanks for the list. I always forget about kellymom.
Everyone I spoke to says NO to local. I rarely take drugs for anything but I just feel that a general is the way to go for this...
My mouth is very small and I was so uncomfortable after having a filling in the molar next to my wisdom that I can't imagine having 2 wisdoms pulled under local.
I'll talk to the orthodontist about general v's local. He didn't even offer a local
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Wow Novocaine has yet to be reviewed. I'm surprised
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You can BF as soon as your feeling up to it. Lots of mamas get general anesthesia for a c/s and they BF as soon as they wake up.
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Re: Breastfeeding and general anesthetic

I have severe tooth decay caused by an unidentified autoimmune disorder. I just finally started getting them fixed and had a local anesthetic on Wednesday for some fillings. I nursed her right before I went back, and then again 2-3 hours later when we were back home. It didn't affect her at all. The anesthetic that is - being seperated from me for an hour was pretty traumatic. I think she would have been fine if she'd been with DH, but even though she loves Grandma she doesn't love her that much.
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Re: Breastfeeding and general anesthetic

I had a wisdom tooth (abscessed) removed under local and I nursed right after I got home. I also had surgery and went under general and again nursed as soon as I got home. The anesthesiologist said that it should be just fine.

I hope everything goes well! Good luck!
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