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#1 tick

Posted 20 June 2010 - 09:24 PM

I need to have my wisdom teeth taken out - have been putting it off for ages but my dentist is really putting the pressure on now (and two of them are actually hurting too).  I'm a bit worried about it from a breastfeeding point of view because I figure that if I am in pain and can't eat for a few days then it could affect my milk supply.  DD is almost 11 months old but she doesn't eat much yet and she's still feeding overnight too.  We are no where near ready to wean.

So, what would you do?  I could put it off for a few more months, but maybe I'm worrying too much and should just get it over and done with!!

#2 louise3now4

Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:43 PM

I have had one pulled while breastfeeding and another pulled while pregnant and breastfeeding. There was more pain before the rotten things were pulled than after. It certainly didn't affect my milk supply. Maybe if you were just establishing breastfeeding with your first child, but not after 11 months. Good luck, I have two more that need to come out.

#3 lucky 2

Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:59 PM

I'm thinking if you can keep up your fluids and bub is able to continue to drink as needed then your breasts should behave normally.
Do what you have to do, just let the Anaesthetist know you are bfing.
All the best.

#4 tenar

Posted 20 June 2010 - 11:04 PM

I had 2 of mine removed while bfing (about 9 months in, I think it was).  Local anesthetic only.  It was fine.

#5 tick

Posted 21 June 2010 - 09:26 AM

Thanks guys, looks like I'm worried for no reason!  Or maybe I'm just looking for another excuse to put it off .....  rolleyes.gif

#6 Guest_lizzylou82_*

Posted 21 June 2010 - 09:20 PM

I opted not to have mine out as you are unable to have antiinflammitories while bf. (nurofen etc) and the swelling without them would have been horrific. If they aren't causing agreat deal of pain why not wait?

#7 CourtesanNewton

Posted 21 June 2010 - 09:31 PM

If the dentist is putting on pressure to get it done there is probably a good reason. Infections in the jaw are REALLY dangerous because of how near it is to the sinus, eyes and most of all, brain. If the wisdom teeth are coming in crooked it is VERY easy for an infection to happen and they can also push the other teeth out of whack.
I agree with the PP who mentioned getting them done one at a time. Also, I got all 4 of mine done at once and was eating that night. Admittedly, it was soup, mashed potatoes and icecream, but I imagine that would keep your breastmilk supply up.
If I recall, the painkillers I had were Panadeine Forte, which I am not sure would be ok with BF, but maybe ask your dentist for other painkilling options? After surgery last year I pumped and dumped until the anaethesia was out of my system and Owen had formula for a couple of days (he was 8 months old). I then went onto Endone and recommenced BF and we are only just winding down now 9 months later.
Good Luck!

Edited by redkris, 21 June 2010 - 09:32 PM.

#8 tick

Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:17 PM

redkris:  thanks for that info - mine are no where near the jaw infection stage yet... but that's what I'm trying to avoid in the long run of course.  The dentist actually admitted today that three out of the four extractions were mainly preventative and the other, though more urgent, could still probably wait a few more weeks or even months if need be.  DD won't take a bottle so formula/ebm isn't an option here but I would be having it done in the chair and not under GA anyway!  Certainly won't be having endone either, I don't react well to it.

lizzylou82: Funnily enough I assumed voltaren was ok to take, given that it's standard issue for new mums after caesars ... but I've just looked it up and discovered that it's not recommended when breastfeeding!  I guess I shouldn't be surprised ....

#9 louise3now4

Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:59 AM

QUOTE (lizzylou82 @ 21/06/2010, 09:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I opted not to have mine out as you are unable to have antiinflammitories while bf. (nurofen etc) and the swelling without them would have been horrific. If they aren't causing agreat deal of pain why not wait?

WT? You can have Nurofen, or Ibuprofen whilst breastfeeding. It is offered now by OB's as a post caesar painkiller (had 4 of those, and bf 4 children for close to and beyond 2 years each). You can also have Endone as mentioned by PP, Panadeine of any variety, including Panadeine Forte. Voltaren has also been par for course post c/s. Administered whilst sitting in bed b/f in hospital and given as a going home drug. So plenty to choose from. I found after having mine out though, I really only needed the nurofen. It was before they were pulled I was taking stronger stuff.
So I guess OP if you are only having your wisdom teeth out for preventative measures and they are not infected or hurting then it is up to you when you choose to go ahead and have them done.

#10 gfgirl

Posted 22 June 2010 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (louise3sofar @ 20/06/2010, 10:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have had one pulled while breastfeeding and another pulled while pregnant and breastfeeding. There was more pain before the rotten things were pulled than after. It certainly didn't affect my milk supply. Maybe if you were just establishing breastfeeding with your first child, but not after 11 months. Good luck, I have two more that need to come out.


#11 CourtesanNewton

Posted 22 June 2010 - 04:38 PM

After reading your second post I reckon just get the one tooth pulled and let the others be monitored. I had mine done in the chair too under twilight sedation because I didn't fancy being in hospital. Maybe once your baby is more into solids and the feeds are getting shorter it will be easier to get the other three done.

Regarding the bottlefeeding and your child's refusal to take it, I get where you're coming from there. The first night I was in hospital (before my surgery) Owen refused to go near the bottle. One of the nurses said "When he's hungry, he'll drink it" and the next morning he did. Looking back on it now I feel bad about it, but at the time I was on so many painkillers I didn't know which way was up (badly broken/dislocated ankle after falling down the stairs)

#12 Guest_lizzylou82_*

Posted 24 June 2010 - 11:52 AM

My surgical orthodontist took out his big fat book with lists of all types of medication and proceeded to show me that antiinflamitory medication was contraindicated during breastfeeding.

Hey, they give out morphine to pg women during labour which isn't safe for a baby, the drugs on offer are not always safe yk?

OP, how do you feel? Is all well with your health? What's your intuition telling you? Is it urgent enough to get them taken out or could you wait another 6 months and reassess the situation? I had an infection got x rays which showed they were all stuffed. The DR was like "you need them out now," all hysterical. Lol

That was almost 2 yrs ago and no probs since. original.gif I'm still bf so going to wait til I'm finished feeding before I get my teeth yanked out.

#13 75sx

Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:05 PM


I had the same concerns as you. I had all of my wisdom teeth taken out while exclusively BFing because one of them was impacting my jaw and causing it to be really sore. I went under GA and had no problems with my supply or with BFing afterwards. Just make sure that someone is around to help for a couple of days to bring baby to you and do the running around. You WILL be very sore, sorry and puffy but BFing will not be a problem if it's already been established.

I was prescribed painkillers and antibiotics and neither affected my supply. Just let the surgeon/dentist and anesthetist know that you are BFing and they will take that into account. As a PP mentioned, you actually can take nurofen while BFing.

As for BFing routine, I had DH come with me to hospital and I gave baby a feed just before I went in. By the time I came out (all drugged out and sore) she was ready for her next feed and crying for me in the waiting room. I cant stress enough how important it will be to have someone with you all the time - before, during and after the procedure.


Edited by 75sx, 26 June 2010 - 09:17 PM.

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