Anaesthesia In Breastfeeding Mothers

Some women may require a general anaesthetic whilst they are breastfeeding and, understandably, may have concerns about their baby being exposed to anaesthetic agents via their breastmilk.This anxiety can sometimes lead to some avoiding a necessary operation altogether.

Please don’t worry. If you need surgery just let your anaesthetist know that you are actively breastfeeding. This will allow them to plan and use the most appropriate and safest anaesthetic and pain-relieving drugs for a breastfeeding mother.

To make things clearer, we have put together a helpful leaflet to provide you with some more information about anaesthesia in breastfeeding mothers and what some of your options are.

Download the leaflet here.
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