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I breastfed DD1 until just after her 4th birthday at which point it got too painful as I was pregnant with Bump (and as it was only a quick 30seconds pre-bed it was easy enough to quit).  Never intended to breastfeed for quite so long (was one of those at the start who thouht if I could make it to 6months then great and also with the opinion if baby has teeth/if baby can walk over to you/if baby can verbally ask….the goal posts forever moved for me lol wink ). Anyway, I’m planning on breastfeeding number 2 but I’m due to have orthognathic (jaw/facial) surgery at the end of this year/beginning of next which will involve at least 2 nights in hospital - the hospital being in Cardiff (so 100 miles from home).  Depending on when baby decides to make his/her appearance and when the surgery is scheduled for, then baby will probably be between 5 and 9 months old and based on the only experience I have (DD1) then regardless of how old baby is, there will be very regular feeds.

If I’m in hospital for a couple of nights I’m not sure what’s best to do.  I’m not concerned about general anaesthetic/pain meds in my milk as it mostly makes no difference, it’s the fact I won’t be their to feed baby.  So I’m guessing the only way around it is making sure I’ve left enough EBM with DH so he can give her feeds via bottle or cup.  Again, based on previous experience with DD1 I don’t have any difficulty expressing (assuming it turns out the same this time, no guarantees I know, but previously I could express 250ml/8oz with an electric breastpump in about 10/15mins) it’s just the idea of using a bottle or cup.  Cup didn’t really work so well last time (more milk down the front than in the mouth) and the main problem was we tried bottles/EBM with DD1 as I ended up back doing my MSc when she was 8weeks and in work before she was 5months old and it really didn’t work out.  Admittedly, it was all rather half hearted, I wasn’t willing to put up with her screaming refusal and in the end, when it came to it, I just sort of muddled along with the breastfeeding (if I was in uni for the day DH would turn up with DD1 during tea breaks and at lunch time for me to feed her so she never went more than a couple of hours.  Then when I was in work she was in a nursery a few doors down so I just went in 2-3 times a day to feed her instead of taking a lunchbreak - in both cases, anything she missed out on during the day she made up for at night!!  gulp ). 

There’s no way I’ll be able to ‘muddle’ through this time because I physically won’t be around for at least two nights (and additionally, I’ll be in a lot of pain and not able to eat properly for a while after the surgery - liquid diet - so it’ll be handy to have DH and/or family as backup support) so I’m guessing I’ll have to work something out with bottlefeeding EBM but I don’t know how best to go about it.

I was just wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience regarding a hospital stay etc while breastfeeding and how they worked around it? Or how you go about introducing bottles of expressed breast milk.

Help!

xx

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I had a friend who had to go into hospital while her baby was still nursing a lot (can’t remember if baby was still exclusively breastfed, but was under one and not really eating a lot) and she was allowed to take the baby with her into hospital. It was a “Baby Friendly” hospital, and they valued the breastfeeding bond above anything else really. She had a private room so that she and baby could “room in”, and I think someone else looked after the baby when she wasn’t up to it, but in honesty, it was only after the op that was an issue - she spent most of the first day sitting around waiting for the op, and was grateful for the distraction!

I don’t know if that’s helpful at all - whether it’s something to consider, but if your hospital has “Baby Friendly” status (or even if it doesn’t!), they certainly should be doing everything possible to maintain your breastfeeding relationship in every possible way, and you could definitely push for it as an option.

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I’ll look into it but as it’s the Dental Hospital I’m not sure the baby friendly thing will apply. hmmm

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Yes i know someone who needed an op for slipped discs who brought her baby with her, even though she wasn’t breastfeeding.  The baby was very young though, I think a month old so perhaps it depends on the age?  I would definately inquire though if it would be an option.

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