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A 35-year-old member asked:

I received 3/4 shots of novocain (procaine). numbness lasted for a little over 3.5 hours. i breastfed about a half hour after the numbness went away. is that ok?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
It's fine: Dental injections are local in nature and should not affect your breast milk.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
No worries: Recent studies suggest that even if a nursing mother undergoes dental treatment with local anesthesia using lidocaine (most dentists don't use Novocain (procaine) anymore and use lidocaine instead), she can safely continue breastfeeding.

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