I am having a hysterectomy, and I know I wont be able to right away bc of the anesthesia, but my little girl is only 2 months old, and she is very small and was recently released from the hospital for RSV and pnuemonia. Should I keep trying to feed her after my surgery or put her on formula(which I really dont want to have to do)? Ihad a very difficult time feeding my son and had to put him on formula at 7 weeks, which was really depressing for me. I am having so much success feeding Sarah that I dont want to be forced to stop. any ideas let me know!
You can breastfeed right away. Moms that have had C-sections do it all the time. There is no problem with pain meds. You should make sure you go to a hospital with private rooms and you can have your baby with you in your room usually until around 11 pm as long as there is an adult in the room to help you.
I've been hospitalized several times while nursing for very serious infections and was always able to work out having my baby with me. I nursed right before and after cancer surgery. I have an immune disorder and have to have IV medications every 3 weeks that take 10 hours to infuse. I took my baby to several different hospitals while I was getting the IVs.
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There is a book for doctors to look up meds in for pregnant and lactating moms so they can pick the best ones. I would tell doctors I am breastfeeding, I am going to continue to breastfeed and to please give me the safest med.
www.kellymom.com is a great breastfeeding website where you can find more info.
If you can put off the surgery until your baby is old enough to be eating solids and drinking from a cup it would be easier.
Answer by Gailll at 3:10 PM on Apr. 21, 2010
I saw that one mom suggested pumping. I never wanted to risk bottles with my baby. I have always found pumping to be harder than breastfeeding. I was a single mom when my youngest was born and could never lift over 10 pounds. I just learned to be creative with how I did things. He was dragged on blankets a lot. I kept him on my bed or in a little bed next to my bed and mothered in bed whenever I was sick. I had to be on home antibiotic IVs for 3 weeks when he was only 4 weeks old and I managed to take care of him and my 2 other kids from bed with no husband or family. Friends did shoppiing.
Whenever you pump and give bottles you risk your milk supply, breast infections, and that your baby may never nurse again.
Answer by Gailll at 3:16 PM on Apr. 21, 2010
As soon as you are alert enough to hold your baby, you are ready to nurse again. Anesthesias are out of your system really quickly. Surgery has little interruption to breastfeeding!!! Most pain meds are fine as well. Remember, lots of women have a surgical birth and breastfeed right afterwards, pain meds, and all!
Just pump enough milk for your baby to have when you are gone. No formula needed!
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