I've got to go in for day surgery tomorrow and I'm really worried after doing my pre-assessment.
THey said I have to pump and dump annd can't breasfeed for 24hours. Are they just being cautious? because this is really going to make our lifes hell for 24hours....I've tried expressing a little but haven't managed to get much at all...maybe enough for a couple of feeds. but to be honest don't recon he will take it anyways, he's never had a bottle or formula before....I really don't know how we're going to get him to sleep?
Is it best to let daddy deal with it as baby might just want milk more if i'm around? or should I try and reassure him/cuddle him etc and keep things as usual as much as possible? I'm really worried about this, I'm considering cancelling the whole thing....
You will probably find that as you are not feeding lo you will be able to pump more. And remember you don't need to pump lots, just remind your body that it needs to keep producing milk - and relieve the engorgement if you get it. But then that doesnt help with milk for feeding lo during those 24 hours.
If you know which drugs you will be given you can research them individually to see if they are safe to bf.
Is the surgery something that can be put off a little while or does it need doing now?
If you do go ahead, it will be a tough 24 hours. But give lo to oh, rest and recover from your surgery, then spend the following 24 hours feeding and cuddling!
Hopefully you find a way through which is ok for you and lo good luck
thanks all for the advice, seems I was worried for nothing, the anaesthetist said they was no need to pump and dump, by th time I was home it would all be out of my system. So went ahead with it and al is well. No hurrendous 24h for my little boy and he was fine all morning with his daddy PERFECT
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