A few questions *please read if you have Chron's or UC*
Hey there..I'm having a procedure done on Tuesday and will be getting IV drugs to knock me out for it. Just wondering how much I should pump for baby and when I can nurse again? The procedure will be about an hour. Also, part of my prep the day before is to drink GoLytely to cleanse my system..does anyone have any info on if that passes through the breast milk?
And depending on the results of my procedure, I may have to get heavy doses of Humira injections to try and control this flare up. My dr has already informed me that he will not prescribe the injecections if I'm still nursing since it is present in breastmilk and there is no research on the long term effect of it in nursing babies. My daughter is 5.5 months. What would be the best way to wean her quickly if this is needed? Please don't suggest me seeing another dr..we are stationed in Japan and that is literally not possible unless we go back stateside. He is the only GI here. I am going to talk to him about starting with the less severe meds first, but I've been dealing with this flare up since Nov and it's only getting worse :/
Thanks in advance for any help!
**This is my update, also in reply #4**
Thanks so much for the info everyone! The procedure went fine and Taliyah was able to nurse when I woke up. I had also asked the anesthesiologist and she said according to LLL it would be ok, but if it made me more comfortable then I could always pump and dump the first session. Gotta love a dr who is pro-breastfeeding!!!
Well, my GI seems to be on a different track with me nursing. He is now talking about bi-monthly IV infusions of Remicade. He is VERY adamant about me stopping breastfeeding. He again reminded me that his research doesn't show the long term effects on breastfed babies, so he won't prescribe it if I'm still nursing. He wrote on ALL of my discharge papers to stop breastfeeding, and this morning I called to verify a medication's dosage he gave, and he reminded me again to stop breastfeeding. To be quite honest, I'm feeling bullied :/ I don't mind Taliyah being on formula if she HAS to be..but if she doesn't then my goal is 2 years minimum. I checked lactmed for Remicade, and it has some studies that show a very minimal amount pass the barrier. What I need to know is, how respected is the info from lactmed.com to doctors? I want to print it out and show it to him, but I don't want him to turn around and tell me that it's not a reliable source of info, ya know?
I had told him before my procedure that I'd much rather start off with the lower grade Chron's meds than to jump right into the big bang ones. He seemed against that right away and again told me that I may be able to find a dr willing to do that, but I'd have to go back stateside. But he said, let's wait and see what's going first. Well, my procedure showed ulcers, bleeding and an area so swollen that it may cause blockage. So I'm thinking he's really going to push for the bigger meds :/
I'm not really sure what I'm asking other than the reliability of the lactmed site. Like, if it's respected by mainstream drs. I'm just also really kind of sad and bummed out :( And maybe there is someone else who has/is going through this that might have some advice??
Thanks for letting me ramble..