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Can I breastfeed if I have been sedated recently?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Kinsman
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
This depends on the sedative used.
The aap has guidelines on what drugs are safe for breastfeeding moms.

In brief: Depends
This depends on the sedative used.
The aap has guidelines on what drugs are safe for breastfeeding moms.
Dr. David Kinsman
Dr. David Kinsman
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
The timing of breastfeeding after sedation meds depends on the meds that you used and must be looked at individually.
We take into consideration the drug, it's metabolism, half life, or how long it lasts in your system, it's side effect profile and whether it is likely to have adverse effects on the baby. Sometimes i will recommend a period of " pumping and dumping" milk to ensure milk supply.

In brief: No
The timing of breastfeeding after sedation meds depends on the meds that you used and must be looked at individually.
We take into consideration the drug, it's metabolism, half life, or how long it lasts in your system, it's side effect profile and whether it is likely to have adverse effects on the baby. Sometimes i will recommend a period of " pumping and dumping" milk to ensure milk supply.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sedated
Allow at least 24 hours from time sedation was given.

In brief: Sedated
Allow at least 24 hours from time sedation was given.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Most anesthesiologists would suggest that you express the breast milk after an anesthetic/sedation and then throw this away. Then it would be safe to breastfeed.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Marc Bloom
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
If you don't feel any residual effects, the baby won't either.

In brief: Yes
If you don't feel any residual effects, the baby won't either.
Dr. Marc Bloom
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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Usual recommendation is to wait 24 hours.
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Most sedative medications are safe for breastfeeding, but call your pediatrician about the specific medications you received.
Pediatricians will have the latest safety information regarding medication safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

In brief: Yes
Most sedative medications are safe for breastfeeding, but call your pediatrician about the specific medications you received.
Pediatricians will have the latest safety information regarding medication safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Dr. Scott Katz
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