Are you breastfeeding and need to get medical imaging with contrast dye? If so, here’s important information to review so you can make an informed decision as well as to share with your healthcare team.
Unfortunately, many healthcare providers often default to the advice to “pump and dump” for 24 hours after receiving contrast dye because they are unfamiliar with the compatibility of medications and procedures with breastfeeding. The advice is offered out of an abundance of caution and with good intentions, but without fully consulting the research available.
The good news is that there are contrast agents that are deemed acceptable for continued breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about the type of agent that he or she will be using for your scan.