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Can I breastfeed if I have recently had anesthesia?

Can I breastfeed if I have recently had anesthesia?

Yes: You need to ask your own doctor or anesthesiologist about the specific instructions, which will depend on the medications used and the timing of the surgery. But in general, it is safe to nurse after anesthesia. You may have to "pump and dump" after surgery once or twice, but the exact routine depends on the circumstances. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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How long after general anesthesia do I need to abstain from breastfeeding?

How long after general anesthesia do I need to abstain from breastfeeding?

Depends: It depends on what agents are used for the general anesthesia. The best resource is to ask the anesthesiologist who is sedating you. If you received propofol then it is recommended that you "pump and dump" for 48 hrs after the sedation. Inhaled anesthetics should be out of the system fairly quickly. Pain medications and anxiolytics have different half-lives depending on which is used. ...Read more

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Recently hurt my back and want 2 use meds I have such as tramadol, however I'm breastfeeding. How long after taking med is it safe to breastfeed?

Recently hurt my back and want 2 use meds I have such as tramadol, however I'm breastfeeding. How long after taking med is it safe to breastfeed?

You must ask your-: -OB about this. It is a controlled substance & after you take it, you will have a blood level depending on the half Life. Google it & you will find this info. My advice is do not use it & breast feed. If pain is so severe, you will have 2 switch 2 formula. ...Read more

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My baby is a month old and is being breast feed and I recently noticed that the inner part of her lips have turned black.. ?

My baby is a month old and is being breast feed and I recently noticed that the inner part of her lips have turned black.. ?

Sucking blister: Babies can get a little "sucking blister" from nursing. Most commonly it occurs on the top lip, but can also be the bottom lip. Just before she latches, with her mouth wide, take your index finger and roll the top lip outward, to get the lip tissue out of the way of the breast. This should help! ...Read more

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My baby's 4mon check up is in 1 week. Recently her head started sweating when I breastfeed her. Should I take her in now or is it safe to wait?

My baby's 4mon check up is in 1 week. Recently her head started sweating when I breastfeed her. Should I take her in now or is it safe to wait?

Any other symptoms?: Any other symptoms? Does she tire feeding? Does she take less than previously? If feeding ok and otherwise acting well, and it seems that only the sweating is the issue, then you probably can wait to see dr until next week. ...Read more

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My 6 w old baby recently had good rest only when fed with my pumped milk in bottle but when breast feed it takes hours and hours. Why? Is it problem?

My 6 w old baby recently had good rest only when fed with my pumped milk in bottle but when breast feed it takes hours and hours. Why? Is it problem?

Baby satisfied: Sounds like maybe the baby has latch issues on the breast and may not be getting as much to eat on the breast as when you gave the bottle. Baby may have some weak suck muscles that make breast feeding harder. Is there a lactation consultant in your area>? That would help so much! you may also benefit form an oral motor evaluation. Good question. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more