Hysterectomy and Breastfeeding

By Cindy Spohn from Fort Worth, TX on October 16, 2006
Category: Gynecology

I am having a vaginal hysterectomy the first week of November.  I will be keeping my ovaries.  Also, I plan on no general anesthesia.  My ob/gyn has said that we could do it with an epidural.  My pain tolerance is very high and I plan on not taking any pain medication other than Motrin if needed afterwards. I had a baby 12 weeks ago and breastfeed only.  My questions are:  (1)<u>Will I be able to continue to breastfeed our son after the hysterectomy?  (2)I have never had an epidural will it have any effects on the milk?</u>  I really do not want to wean him.  I am trying to pump in order to have some bottles if needed the first day.  I greatly appreciate any help you can give in trying to find the answer.  I am needing to prepare our son and myself if I am not able to continue nursing.

Thank You

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