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How Fast Does Breastmilk Digest? Advice Needed!!!

Posted by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM
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How fast does breastmilk digest?


Aiden (21 months) has anesthesia for a dental procedure on the 7th. He'll be going in at 5:20 am. They said no breastmilk after midnight, but he can have water until 3:30?

Can I go ahead and nurse him safely at 3, or does he have to go hungry?? He usually has a feeding around 2 or 3 am and he's NOT gonna be a happy baby if the boobies are gone...

Also, he is a short nurser. Gets maybe an ounce at nighttime feedings, and nurses for about 2 minutes. It's likely that he's only getting foremilk (when I express it after a feeding, its BARELY starting to change to the creamy hindmilk). Is this watery enough that it would digest quickly?

What do you suggest??
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maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Here are the Academy of Breastfeeeding Medicine protocols for pre-operative fasting before surgery in breastfed infants:

http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/Protocol25_English_080312.pdf

They say no breastmilk for 4 hours before surgery.

Paradys
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:44 PM
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If he can have water till 3 am then he can have breastmilk till3 am.
Most dr's, who are uneducated in breastfeeding, assume breastmilk is the same as cow's milk.....it's not.
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IFartGlitter
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM
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Quoting Paradys:

If he can have water till 3 am then he can have breastmilk till3 am.
Most dr's, who are uneducated in breastfeeding, assume breastmilk is the same as cow's milk.....it's not.


Thank you!!!! This is what I thought! I mean it digests SO FAST, it shouldn't bother his procedure at all. And he's gone a couple hours, but that 3am feeding is the only thing that keeps him sleeping. Otherwise he wakes up PISSED and BEGGING me for boobies. I can't do that to him...

victoriangavin
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM
I tried to follow the rules when Gavin had to be completely put under at 3 months but he was starving and only 3 months old..... I caved and fibbed to the doctor figuring it's breastmilk so it's ok, he did great :)
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stepconfused182
by Kelley on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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Breastmilk is considered a clear liquid. What is wrong with our medical community that they don't know that? Breastfeed him as usual that morning. And good luck with the procedure! :)
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TiffanyMarie80
by Tiffany on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

it's not even that it digests quickly- what many drs don't understand is that breastmilk is considered a clear liquid, and is not like drinking a glass of any other milk :)

maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Here are the Academy of Breastfeeeding Medicine protocols for pre-operative fasting before surgery in breastfed infants:

http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/Protocol25_English_080312.pdf

They say no breastmilk for 4 hours before surgery.

IFartGlitter
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM



Quoting victoriangavin:

I tried to follow the rules when Gavin had to be completely put under at 3 months but he was starving and only 3 months old..... I caved and fibbed to the doctor figuring it's breastmilk so it's ok, he did great :)

This is SO reassuring! Thank you!


IFartGlitter
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

thank you thank you!


Quoting stepconfused182:

Breastmilk is considered a clear liquid. What is wrong with our medical community that they don't know that? Breastfeed him as usual that morning. And good luck with the procedure! :)



IFartGlitter
by on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM

But it's not surgery? Just cavities being filled.


Quoting maggiemom2000:

Here are the Academy of Breastfeeeding Medicine protocols for pre-operative fasting before surgery in breastfed infants:

http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/Protocol25_English_080312.pdf

They say no breastmilk for 4 hours before surgery.



maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM

That is for general anethesia (it doesn't really matter why, dental work, surgery, etc.). The protocol actually lists several different levels of sedation, but for GA, they day 4 hrs.

Quoting IFartGlitter:

But it's not surgery? Just cavities being filled.


Quoting maggiemom2000:

Here are the Academy of Breastfeeeding Medicine protocols for pre-operative fasting before surgery in breastfed infants:

http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/Protocol25_English_080312.pdf

They say no breastmilk for 4 hours before surgery.




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