Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Love Hate

So on Sunday/Monday I was up all night and through the morning with a horrible toothache. I have never had a toothache before and seriously, when I was at the dentist and the ibuprofen, which already wasn't working great, was wearing off I started using some of the pain management techniques I used during labor. The pain wasn't as bad as labor but it was getting there. Anyway, I had a bad infection from a filling that came loose and I am now taking amoxicillin, which means no breast milk for Kenzie for 10 days.

Pumping with a very mobile and curious baby is already getting to be so difficult that I'm pumping only once in the morning and once before I go to bed. When the dentist told me no breastfeeding for 10 days, I thought, "Well, maybe this is when I stop pumping." At the dentist's office it sounded like a good plan but when I came home and realized that I was going to be pumping for the last time and that Makenzie wouldn't be getting breast milk anymore, I was sad. As much as I hate pumping lately, it's the last thing that really makes Makenzie need me. I can't believe that we've made it this far. My goal was/is to make it to her 1 year birthday but if we're being honest when I started this whole thing, I wasn't sure I'd make it a month and now here we are almost 9 months later. I thank the Lord that I have been able to provide for Kenzie in this way. As much as I hate pumping, we'll keep going, just because I can't give it up yet.

I should have looked into this!


  1. Hey I just want you to know your dentist is wrong! You are fine to nurse/ give expressed milk while on a amoxicillian.
    It's a level B which is approved by the AAP for breastfeeding.

    If you are still unsure please cal the Le Leche League

    Don't rely on a doctor or a dentist for breastfeeding advice. They are not educated well enough. Call a LC.

  2. Oops sorry I mean a L1 for breastfeeding which is the safest. The B category is for pregnancy.

  3. I know I'm a bit late, but I agree with Kristin. You're fine to breastfeed on antibiotics.

    Also, I'd like to point out that I do believe I advised you to get a hands-free pumping bra. I won't take it personally since I know how our brains get scrambled when we have little ones. :) I have one and LOVE it.

    Also, once you do decide to stop pumping, I would advise the slow weaning by gradually spacing out pumpings. If you go cold turkey you're going to be so miserable!