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My doctor thinks I might have pneumonia and recommended getting
an x-ray to look for fluids in the lungs. She said it's okay
to get this done while I'm breastfeeding. But she has
prescribed medicine before when I was nursing my first child a
couple of years ago. Before I went to the pharmacy, I checked
with my laction consultant and she advised me to not take it
(new medicine and unknown what's transmitted to the baby via
breastmilk). So I don't trust my doctor completely when I'm
nursing. But I am sick and have been sick for a few weeks. If
I wasn't nursing, I'd get the x-ray in a heartbeat but my baby
is really young and hasn't had any formula.
Has anyone had a chest x-ray when nursing? Did you continue to
nurse afterwards? Or pump and dump?
My doctor told me I'd need to pump&dump, because you don't want
to give the baby irradiated milk. I ended up not needing to do
that myself, so I'm sorry you have to go through that question.
Given your history w/ this doc, if I were you I'd search out
another doctor, honestly. She's already made one mistake, and it
sounds likely that if you've got pneumonia, you'll need to go on
antibiotics asap, and you want to ensure that she prescribes
antibiotics that won't damage your baby's developing teeth. Your
doctor doesn't sound well informed or sympathetic.
I have an appointment to get my annual dental x-rays
taken. I am still breastfeeding. How un/safe is it
to get these x-rays done if I am still breastfeeding?
What effect do the x-rays have on my breastmilk?
The Breastfeeding Answer Book, 1997, reports that "Human milk is not
affected by an X-ray, and the mother may safely nurse immediately
afterward." Please feel free to call me at (510) 234-1300, if you have
any more questions.
La Leche League Leader
Sorry I can't remember the precise details, but I can assure you that my LC
(Lactation Consultant) said that x-rays are safe to have done while you are
breastfeeding. I think she said something about how the level of exposure is
low enough to be negligible, especially if they use that bib thing.
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