Post # 1
Had anyone ever had either or both of these test done while breastfeeding?Were you told to ‘pump and dump’ while drinking the prep and/or after while the anesthesia worked it’s way out of your system? Did you milk supply suffer at all?
I am scheduled to have both completed in 2 weeks and I am very nervous that my milk supply is going to suffer greatly during the two days of liquid diet. I’ve worked so hard to get it to the point it is, and then this! I already checked with my pediatrician and they recommended that I breastfeed up until I have to start drinking the prep, then ‘pump and dump’ until after the procedure. They also want my to pump ever 2 hours or less during the time I am ‘pumping and dumping’ in order to try and keep my supply going. Ahh Super nervous. Has anyone else dealt with this? Any advice would be appreciated.
Post # 3
I haven’t had either of these procedures, but I just wanted to say that I hope things go well for you! A lot of my co-workers have had colonscopies, lately, and all of them say it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. And hopefully, your milk supply won’t be affected by these procedures, and you’ll be able to continue your regular routine. Good luck!
Post # 4
Best wishes. You may want to get in touch with your local LLL, they can often track down the info and help you talk to your Drs about breastfeeding if the medications check out to be compatible with it and they can be a good resource to get your supply back up if it suffers at all. Your pediatrician may just be going on the safe side if they’re not informed of the literature on breastfeeding and the laxative youll be taking leading up.
Those two seem to say make sure you stay hydrated to keep your supply up but with most of the prep it’s OK to keep breastfeeding, and once you feel normal again after being sedated it’s OK to resume.
Try to find someone in the know about the particular medications because they may check out to be just fine, but even if they don’t hopefully as long as you keep pumping there will be only a small dip in supply.
Post # 5
I didn’t have a colonoscopy or anything needing a prep, but I did have my wisdom teeth out and they sedated me for it.
I did have to pump and dump the day of the procedure because of the sedation, but since it was just a day it wasn’t that big of an issue. I agree with PP to make sure you keep up with fluids so you don’t get dehydrated. They will be giving you fluids through the procedure so that will help too
Post # 6
Golytely is inert and does not get absorbed. It’s why they use it as a prep… so talk to your doc, but you should be ok.
Post # 7
I wish I had more information for you! 🙁 In school I worked at a Gastroenterology office and all I did all day was schedule procedures and educate patients on the prep for upper and lower GIs. I so agree you will need to keep your fluids way up, but honestly I never dealt with a patient breastfeeding. If unsure called the GI office and your obgyn and see what they can recommend. Good luck!
Post # 8
@pansyshell:I have had both procedures and its not a big deal. Call and speak with the Nurse at the doctor’s office and she will give you specific insructions. I only had to drink the liquid the day before the procedure . After the prodedure I was a little sleepy. I doubt you will have to dump more than 24 hours worth of milk. The worst part of it all is not eating…outside of that it’s a piece of cake.
Post # 9
Thank you so much for in the info and support! It makes me feel a little less nervous about my supply.
@Mrs. DG: I was given Moviprep…is this the same thing as golytely that you mentioned?
When I spoke with the peditricians office, they initialy said exactly what you did, that does not get abosrbed and that it was perfectly fine, but they wanted to double check their literature. When she came back she said that because there have been no tests done on the effects of BFing to pump and dump. I don’t want to dump and pump if I do not have to, as BFing will be more effective during that time. I also forgot to ask about their recommendations on the anesthesia.
From doing my own research, I got the same thing. That it is generally accepted to BF the entire time while taking the prep, and that after you can resume BFing as soon as you feel the anesthesia wear off and you pump and dump once, so I may follow this, but I think I’m going to check with my local LLL and LC’s just to be safe. Also to pick their brains for any tips with keeping my supply up!
Thanks again everyone. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
@troubled: Fantastic idea! I always forget to check my LLL. I was hoping to get a friend of mine interested in going to some meetings with me. I think it would be great for both of us. Thanks for the links too!
Post # 10
@pansyshell: I just wanted to wish you luck! I don’t have any experience breastfeeding.
I had a colonoscopy in June and I was pretty nervous about it. But it went very well (great GI doctor, nurses were fantastic and warm, and an excellent anesthesiologist who understood my worries) and the worst part is the colon prep. I had to drink a gallon mixture of yellow gatorade and miralax in a 2 hour time period plus some dulcolax. Honestly, I didn’t drink the entire thing b/c I was too nauseous but I drank enough. My advice, stay very close to the restroom for the entire day. I did a bunch of research on the sedation they use. I had propofol and versed. The other option is versed and fentanyl, my dad had this and he became conscious mid-procedure, most do not. Those are the medications I’m aware of, you can always call your GI doctor and find out what s/he will use and then do more research on it. Best of luck!
Post # 11
@pansyshell: I don’t know about breastfeeding, but I had both of these procedures, with the moviprep. It tasted HORRIBLE to me. I could barely keep it down.
Then, the medications they gave me during the procedures were very sedating and gave me amnesia. I believe it was versed and demerol.
but it wasn’t that bad.
Post # 12
@ThePrincessMaggie: Thanks! haha I love how you toss the “it wasn’t that bad” in there at the end :). The precedure itself is not bothing me and I’m not even worried about it. It’s the milk supply risk that I’m more worried about. I keep telling myself that the Moviprep cannot be as bad as the banana flavored barium I had to drink when I was younger! I’ve had people tell me that the prep is worse than barium and others say the barium is worse, so I guess we will find out on the 6th!
Post # 13
@beekiss: Thanks for sharing your experience. I don’t think I will be conscious during the percedure because of the upper endoscopy. I love my GI, so I’m not worried about that. Aside from the nasty prep I’m glad your experience was good (or as good as it could be).
Post # 14
@pansyshell: The prep is so much worse than barium. I was throwing up and having it go through my system at the same time. It’s horrible and you can’t keep anything down to keep yourself hydrated after the prep starts.
PS – I have had a lot of surgeries and have never been awake in the middle of any of them. A good doctor should make it so you don’t remember anything.
Post # 15
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Oh no! That’s terrible! Until the time comes, I’m going to go with the banana barium has to be worse…I hate banana’s, can’t even stand the smell, so to me it was pretty bad (the chalky texture alone was not, the banana part is what did me in).
I’ve had several sergeries as well, and only once was I able to hear the doctors and nurses. It was when I had my wisdom teeth out, and I know they gave me as little medication for sedation as possible because I had my appendix out less than a week before and my mom was so worried I would hurt myself when I came to, as well as being over medicated. Obviously I couldn’t feel a think during the extraction so all was good.
Post # 16
Update: I contacted LLLI (thanks @troubled) and they said there is no need to ‘pump and dump’ or to stop BFing while taking the prep. They also said that I can resume BFing as soon as I am able to handle the baby as the anesthesia is meant to be short acting. Oh and that my supply should not suffer with just 1.5 days on a liquid diet as long as I continue to BF! This put my mind at ease so much!
Thanks for everyone’s help!