(Closed) colonoscopy and/or upper endoscopy while breastfeeding?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
2820 posts
Sugar bee

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
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
1748 posts
Bumble bee

@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 # 10
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@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.

Good luck!

Post # 14
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@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.

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