Breastfeeding after oral surgery (on baby not on mom)

Amy - posted on 11/02/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is booked to have oral surgery 2 weeks after her 2nd birthday. She needs to have her 4 top front teeth extracted due to a malformation of the teeth. The problem is that the dentist has told us that she won't be able to breastfeed for "a few days" because any suction could cause problems with the clot forming where the teeth are extracted. My daughter breastfeeds 5+ times per day including to get to sleep at night and for her nap as well as, of course, for comfort. I'm worried about how difficult this will be on her as well as if my milk supply will go away because of it. (Pumping doesn't work for me. I've already tried to pump to build up a stash, but I only get drops.) The dentist said that he is considering allowing her to breastfeed regardless of the bleeding risk because, "her nutrition is more important". Also, the surgery will be done under a general anaesthetic at our local Children's Hospital. I was told that after the surgery I won't be allowed to see her until she's pretty much fully awake. I've had a general anaesthetic before and it's brutal waking up. I worry about her having to wake up without me being there as nothing can calm/soothe her except me. Has anyone had experience with any of this?

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Suzie - posted on 11/02/2011

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my son had oral surgarey last friday and i know how hard it is to be the mom wanting to be there for there baby the nurse told me that they wake up one of two ways happy or not they keep mom out as the baby is so moniterd that in the slight chance of a complication shes not in the way its hard but you can do it

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