December 2012

December 2012

My granddaughter just had her first baby in Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.  I don’t know the name of her doctor, but I’m going to find out.  She went in because her water broke and even though she had no pain, the doctor said for her to come in because of the possibility of infection.  After many hours of very ineffective labor and epidurals, the doctor performed a C-section.  My daughter said there were many C-sections that day, that every young woman she saw in the labor room eventually had to have a C-section operation.  Three days later the doctor sent my granddaughter home with a large bottle of oxycodone and motrin 800 for pain.  The oxycodone label said to take 1-2 every 4 hours.  After one dose of oxycodone, I noticed that the baby was zonked out, was not stretching or mewing as she had been doing earlier.

Fifteen years ago, I almost lost a nephew whose new mother was also given pain killers.  The child was not taking in enough breast milk, falling asleep after just a few sucks. After a week, he looked like something out of a concentration camp and had to be air lifted from Tampa, Florida, to Shands hospital in Gainesville. Thank God he survived.

Oxycodone does pass through breast milk and can potentially cause serious problems for a breastfed infant. Some sources suggest that it is probably okay to use oxycodone to relieve pain after childbirth, but that the medication should be limited once the mother’s milk comes in. Women who are breastfeeding should ask their healthcare providers about oxycodone and its potential risks.

Please warn all new mothers about this danger to themselves and their children.