Breastfeeding After Tummy Tuck. Is It Possible? How Long of Pumping/dumping Until Meds out of System?

I'm having a tummy tuck on Feb 20. This is the only date ever to make this happen. It can't be delayed and I have to have this done. My plan was to wean before the end of January but I'm not sure either of us is ready. I am a normal BMI, the baby weight is gone and my baby is 19.5lbs and 9.5 months old. Can I still breastfeed him? Actually sit up straight in the first few days to pump/dump to keep my supply? What meds will I take and how long until I can safely breastfeed him? I feed once a day.

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Ok to breastfeed post op

While it is best to check with your physicians, it should be safe to pump as soon as you are awake and alert from anesthesia. Women begin breastfeeding immediately after cesarean sections, and infants are routinely treated with both anesthetics and narcotics. If you prefer to avoid exposing your baby, then pump enough milk before surgery to last for 7-10 days. 

Jupiter Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck while breast feeding

You should get instructions from your ob-gyn on how to work this out. You will be on pain medicine probably for about a week after surgery and don't want to breast feed during this time. But the pump and dump method ( never heard that term, but I like it!) should work fine until you are off all meds.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breastfeeding after Tummy Tuck

   After you have discontinued medications after the tummy tuck, you may breast feed after a few days.  Breast pumping can be done in the interim period.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breastfeeding After Tummy Tuck. Is It Possible? How Long of Pumping/dumping Until Meds out of System?

Discuss with your pediatrician as to how long the pain meds are present in the milk. Another source of info would be La Leche league. 

You may be able to shorten the number of days during which you need pain meds by asking your surgeon about using a long term (three day) local anesthetic either with injection of a long acting agent (Exparel) or use of a pain pump. If you have less pain the first three days, your medication needs will be less even after they are finished. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and Breast Feeding

Before having surgery, your Plastic Surgeon may want a medical clearance from your OBGYN.  Discuss this with your surgeon, and your OBGYN.  It would be better to wait until after you are done breast feeding before having surgery if at all possible.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Avoid Breat Feeding While On Narcotics

There is no specific contraindication to breast feeding after a tummy tuck.  You will most certainly be on narcotics during and after surgery for a tummy tuck.  As a result, you should avoid breast feeding during this period.  Perhaps you should consider delaying your procedure until you are completely finished breast feeding since it appears to be an important priority.  All the best.

Robert F. Centeno, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Breastfeeding after Tummy Tuck

While you can breast feed right up to the day before surgery, it is not going to be advised to do so for a week or two after surgery. There will be drugs in your system that you do not want to pass onto to your baby and you will be having enough issues recovering on your own. I would advise to pump and store enough milk for this duration beforehand. I would not breast feed until you are off oral pain medicine for a few days which may be a week or two after surgery. 

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Feeding after Tummy Tuck surgery?

Thank you for the question. Your selected  plastic surgeon will be in the best position to advise you precisely, but I would suggest that you not breast-feed for at least a few weeks after the tummy talk procedure. Undoubtedly, you will have residual anesthesia and postoperative medications that you do not want to “transfer” to your infant.  If feasible, you may wish to store a supply prior to the tummy tuck procedure.

 You should be able to sit up after surgery to “pump/dump".

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast feeding after surgery

Hello  You may want to store some bottles with pumping prior to surgery.  There is no exact answer but I definitely would not advocate breast feeding for the first few days after surgery And while you are on pain medications so it could end up being a few weeks...

Sanjay Lalla, MD, FACS
West Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Feeding After Tummy Tuck

The first step is to start pumping pre-op so that you have a reserve of breast milk to give your baby while you are on the pain medicine post-op.  The second step is to pump and dump during your recovery.  I would not resume breastfeeding however until cleared by your OB/GYN or your baby's pediatrician.  Good luck.

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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