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    Default Nursing and Novacaine

    I have to have a cavity filled and will have to have novacaine. Will I need to pump and dump or is it safe? Who should I ask - my pedi or OB-GYN? Does anyone have any experience with this?

    If I need to pump and dump - how many feeding will be effected?

    Thanks for your help!
    Mommy to 2 Amazing Little Boys!
    Andrew 7/2004
    Tyler 2/2007

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    Momof3Labs is offline Pink Diamond level (15,000+ posts)
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    Default RE: Nursing and Novacaine

    No need to pump and dump, you can nurse as usual as soon as needed afterwards. If in doubt, ask your dentist.
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    Default RE: Nursing and Novacaine

    I nursed after novacaine a couple times last year. Both the ped and dentist said it was fine.
    Kim

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    Default RE: Nursing and Novacaine

    There is a good section on Kellymom.com, called "Nursing and dental work" or something like that. I printed it out and brought it with me to the dentist to show her. I didn't want her to deny me any pain relief I might need!

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    jbowman is offline Emerald level (3000+ posts)
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    Default RE: Nursing and Novacaine

    I had some fillings replaced a couple of months ago. I was given Novacaine (which is considered safe while nursing, as PP have said).

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    Default RE: Nursing and Novacaine

    As a dentist, I have never heard of any concerns for BF with local anesthetic. But this is what I found in my dental drug info book on some of the most common local anesthetics:

    Lidocaine (Xylocaine), Bupivacaine (Marcaine), Mepivacaine (Carbocaine, Polocaine):-
    usual infiltration doses has not been shown to affect the health of the nursing infant.

    Articaine (Septocaine):-
    It is not known whether articaine is excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when it is administered to a nursing woman.

    Procaine HCL (Novocaine):-
    no ifo (It is not a common anesthetic in dentistry anymore. The term 'Novocaine' is usually used to refer to any of the above loccal anesthetics.)

    I hope this eases your mind.

    Rebecca

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    Default RE: Nursing and Novacaine

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am going to print this out and call my dentist to find out what she will be using. I appreciate all the information and responses.

    Anne
    Mommy to 2 Amazing Little Boys!
    Andrew 7/2004
    Tyler 2/2007

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