“I’m breastfeeding, but I need to have surgery. Help!”
Are you breastfeeding and have a surgery coming up? Read on for helpful information about breastfeeding after surgery.
Anesthesia and Breastfeeding
More often than not, breastfeeding and anesthesia are compatible. The common suggestion for the lactating parent to “pump and dump” for 24 hours post-surgery is not in line with current evidence. Generally, the nursing parent can resume breastfeeding once they are awake, stable, and alert after anesthesia has been given.
The following are considered compatible with breastfeeding:
Fentanyl (single dose IV)
Volatile anesthetics Succinylcholine
NMBAs Neostigmine/glycopyrrolate Lidocaine
The following should be monitored closely or avoided:
Morphine- Monitor closely
Hydromorphone- Monitor closely
Ketamine- No Data
Breastfeeding when mom has surgery, KellyMom
Does Anesthesia Affect a New Mom’s Ability to Breastfeed?, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Easing the Distress of Major Surgery, LLL USA blog
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