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2021.10.17 07:28 Immediate-Island-668 Colonoscopy/endoscopy and breastfeeding - my experience
Hi all! I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy a few months ago and found others' posts here so incredibly comforting and helpful that I thought I'd share my experience as well. I'm 33F and was breastfeeding a 2-month-old at the time. I was ordered a colonoscopy/endoscopy because of family history of colon cancer. I also have had moderate constipation off and on throughout my life and sometimes a bit of a sensitive stomach/bowel, although I've never seen a GI for these specifically.
I will write out my experience chronologically further down but in terms of main takeaways, here are a few.
- What everybody says is right, the wet wipes are key! I also got nice toilet paper but I think I would have been fine with just wet wipes. I did one wipe with the TP to get most of it, and then more thorough wiping up with wet wipes. Once it’s liquid, it cleans up much faster as well. I get really squeamish with poop, though, so if you’re like me, Clorox wipes may also be a good idea (to clean up the bathroom, that is). I felt better when I had those handy too so that I could make sure that everything in the bathroom was nice and clean for the next round.
- I mainlined Jell-O, pho broth, and chicken broth on the prep day and was joking that I thought this would be a diet but I probably actually got in the same amount of calories with all the sugar in the Jell-O and Gatorade. I didn’t feel a sugar high or crash or anything, but I have a pretty fierce sweet tooth. Folks’ advice to have variety was so helpful--I really appreciated being able to switch between a couple of things. I also found a pineapple flavor for the Jell-O that was nice because otherwise it seemed like lime or lemon would have been my only options.
- For the Gatorade I got Lime Cucumber and White Cherry Glacier and thought both were good. Lime Cucumber surprisingly so! The Miralax is tasteless so as far as taste goes, my mouth got a little puckery and dry by the end of the Gatorade but it really wasn’t bad at all. I got a little nauseous about two-thirds of the way through the first dose, but not terribly so.
- I also got chilly just like people warned, so a cozy hoodie or wrap is nice to feel comfortable during prep and before and after the procedure. But on the bright side, it was nice not to be sweaty for once, since I had my procedure in August!
- I never felt like I couldn't have held it or wasn't going to make it to the bathroom except for maybe 20-30 minutes of the prep. I also was worried about cramping but I only experienced mild cramping for about an hour or so. It did get a little uncomfortable holding some final clean-out BMs on the way to the procedure, especially since I had an hour-long commute there, but it was okay, just not super fun. I lined the bed just in case but happily did not have an accident.
- I did, however, have some cramping the next morning that was more unpleasant, surprisingly, and more diarrhea.
- I didn't expect this, but did feel some discomfort from the endoscopy. I had a sore throat for about 24 hours and some burning and pinching in my stomach from the biopsy. I thought I'd be ready to go back to regular food sooner than I was and probably was a little too aggressive with eating normally. I didn't really have gas pains, but did experience what felt like heartburn when eating acidic food or dairy for about a day.
- I was so worried about my supply dropping but it was absolutely okay. I tried to keep up the galactagogues where I could (mostly brewer’s yeast) and nursed her as much as possible throughout, as well as squeezing in as many pump sessions as I could in the couple of weeks leading up to the procedure.
- I was also really worried about the logistics of breastfeeding her during the period of time where I’d be “evacuating” and had a lot of anxiety about having bad cramps but not being able to go because I’d be nursing. This part also turned out fine. For me at the beginning I only had to go once every 15 minutes or so, and it wasn’t painful, so I nursed her right as things got started and it was only really intense for an hour or two, so you’d be fine even if you weren’t able to nurse at all until it died down. But I do think it would be easier to schedule when the baby is maybe 3 or 4 months old and can go two hours without nursing. At 2 months they still do the once-an-hour type deal or clusterfeed and that is tough because you may need to let the baby sit and cry for a bit, or else nurse while on the toilet. But neither of those options is the end of the world. The most uncomfortable I was during nursing was actually the morning after, which was when I actually had the painful cramping, surprisingly.
- And I was worried about the pumping logistics on the day of, and again it was okay. Since we really didn’t go more than 2-3 hours at a time without nursing at that time, I pumped both right before the procedure and right after and it ended up being about 2.5 hours between, which was just about right. I would recommend pumping in the waiting room or in your car before heading in to minimize the stretch of time where you won’t be able to, then asking for some privacy to pump right after so that you can dump if you want to, or else have your partner bring baby and nurse right after. If she’s the type to get really fussy if she’s not getting enough, you may want to have someone give a bottle while you’re in the procedure, but mine typically just nurses a little more frequently if she misses a feeding so that’s what she did.
I was given the Miralax/Dulcolax prep and my instructions were a low-fiber diet about three days in advance and liquids only 24 hours in advance. At my facility, they allowed dairy, cream, and Ensure as part of the liquid diet, which surprised me. I typically am pretty constipated during pregnancy and postpartum, so I also asked my GI about what to do for moderate constipation beforehand and she recommended adding a daily (normal) dose of Miralax a week or two out.
The daily Miralax leading up to the procedure was good (actually worked a little too
well at one point), but there wasn’t a lot of cramping, which was nice for my peace of mind on the day of. I was a little nervous that I’d have painful cramping during prep. Based on the really helpful posts on this sub, I also went on the low-fiber diet a week in advance instead of three days to help things along. I mostly had soft, stewed carrots for veggies, white rice and rice noodles for carbs, and a lot of chicken and scrambled eggs for protein. (I also did some eggplant at the very beginning because I saw it listed on some low-residue lists but wouldn’t do that next time since I actually saw the seeds well into prep, one week later!)
In terms of breastfeeding supplements, I’ve never really been able to tell how well they work, but typically I try to work in oats, flax, brewer’s yeast, etc. where I can. Oats and flax are whole grains, so I cut them a week out. Luckily, brewer’s yeast seems to be the most effective for me, so I mostly had lactation cookies with brewer’s yeast only, or stirred brewer’s yeast into a spoonful of peanut butter. I also tried to be more vigilant about squeezing in a pump session here and there.
Leading up to the day of prep, I had already started having much softer stool and almost daily poops thanks to the daily Miralax and the low-residue diet. With a 9:30 procedure, I was scheduled to take Dulcolax at noon the day before, 4.1 ounces of Miralax mixed into 32 ounces of Gatorade any time between 5 and 8 p.m., and a second 4.1 ounces of Miralax mixed into 32 ounces of Gatorade at 3:30 a.m., which I was supposed to finish by 5 a.m. I was also told to finish all liquids by then.
On the day of prep, I mostly alternated between pho broth, chicken bone broth I’d made the day before, pineapple Jell-O, and water. I saw advice here to have a little bit of variety which was so helpful. The Jell-O also helped me feel fuller because it was at least semi-solid. And people were also right that I didn’t really feel hungry after the laxatives started working because then you’re mostly focused on that discomfort (yay).
I didn’t see any effect from the Dulcolax alone before I started the first dose of Miralax. I was a little nervous about the nausea from drinking the Miralax, but was mostly fine. I split it into four 8-ounce glasses 20 minutes apart. The worst was between the third and fourth glasses, but never so bad that I seriously felt like I was going to throw up. I did get pretty chilly, which a lot of folks on Reddit warned about. The flavors I got were so tasty (the Lime Cucumber really is good!) that it would have been fine, but I did chill the Gatorade and have a straw ready.
The Miralax started working around 6:30 and got the most intense around 9 p.m. It started out as needing to go every 10-15 minutes (but what everyone says about not trusting a fart is exactly right, it doesn’t feel like a typical need to go!) and then I was probably in the “needing to rush to the bathroom” phase for about an hour. The most intense was about 30 minutes of either getting up and sitting right back down or just staying on the toilet for awhile. I had cramps for around that time period, but they weren’t too bad. I was lucky that the baby had a catnap around the time that the diarrhea was most intense. If she hadn’t, I may have just needed to let her cry during that time or tried to nurse while on the toilet. Would not have been ideal but it wasn’t as bad or longlasting as I thought it would be.
Things calmed down enough by 11 p.m. that I was actually able to sleep 3 hours, which surprised me. At that point, things were fully liquid but still a little cloudy. I woke up at 2:30 a.m. because baby woke, and was able to nurse her before starting my second dose of prep at 3:30 a.m. (She was going through a phase of having an hour or two of wakefulness around that time, which was kind of funny because she kept me company until the second dose kicked in and then went back to sleep!) I finished at 5 a.m. and tried to chug as much water as I could concurrently. I had another hour or two of BMs, which were by that point completely yellow and liquid.
I was able to nurse the baby one more time around 7:30 a.m. and we left for the colonoscopy center at 8 a.m. I think this was actually a little tough because I was exhausted, thirsty, hungry, and
still had some residual need to go, and we got stuck in traffic so it ended up being around an hour commute and I was really needing to go by the time I got there, but I didn’t poop my pants and I never felt that it was too much to hold. It felt more like really needing to pee and having to hold it.
I got to the center at 9 a.m. for my procedure at 9:30 so I had a little bit of time, and ended up pumping in the waiting room before going in. I’d actually planned on squeezing in the pumping after they checked me in and while I was being hooked up to IV, changing, etc. but that wouldn’t have been possible--there’s a little too much going on and it happens pretty fast--so I’m glad I did it beforehand.
The procedure itself was as everybody says, super easy and fast. They inserted my IV and had me lay on my left side, covered me with some warm blankets which was nice. They wheeled me on the bed into the OR, and the anesthesiologist told me that they’d be starting and I literally only had time to register that things looked really shiny before I was waking up again in post-op. I have to say I didn’t enjoy the Propofol as much as people said. It felt really awkward to try to have cogent conversations with the doctor and nurses while I could tell I was still groggy and out-of-it. But it was fine! I pumped again while changing back into my regular clothes, at around 11:30 a.m., and then went home and nursed the baby once I got home. My GI said it was likely fine to nurse right afterward, which seems consistent with what I’ve read in subs here, but she recommended pumping and dumping once anyway.
It took me the rest of the day to recover, I took a nap in the afternoon and was pretty loopy until the evening. Oh, I also had a sore throat and a sensitive stomach from the endoscopy. Next time, I probably won't rush to eat normal foods so quickly.
All in all, I don’t think I would call it a walk in the park, but it was doable, and doable while breastfeeding, too. Like folks have said here, you can do anything for a day. That said, I joked with my husband that it was like they tried to think of every way possible you can be uncomfortable beforehand--sleep-deprived and
uncomfortable in your butt! But it’s done, and my supply was fine, so hooray. No more colonoscopy for another five years.
This went a lot longer than I expected so I hope I haven't dumped too much here! But in case anybody has any other questions, I'm obviously happy to chat. Thank you so much to others on this sub for so generously sharing your thoughts. I felt so prepared and there were so many things I would have never thought to do if not for this sub!
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