A common question we get from women at Northwest Face & Body is: “when is it okay to breastfeed after anesthesia?”

When new mothers undergo a surgical procedure there are often a number of questions and concerns we try to address to help them feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire experience—before, during and after. Understandably, many of their concerns have to do with the safety of their child and what effect anesthesia has on their breast milk. Is it still safe to breastfeed after anesthesia?

A recent study has gone above and beyond to address this specific concern and give mothers the peace of mind in knowing what to do after having surgery:

“If a woman feels she is capable of breastfeeding her baby after an operation, she may do so in full knowledge that any anesthetic and analgesic drugs present in her blood will not affect her child.”

Click here to read the full study.