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Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2009 Jun;22(3):327-9. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0b013e32832a1d1b.

Breastfeeding and epidural analgesia during labour.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Herestraat, Leuven, Belgium.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To evaluate the effect of epidural analgesia on breastfeeding.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Alarming messages were sent out following a retrospective study indicating that epidural analgesia caused more breastfeeding failures. The limitations of this study were reviewed as well as the critical importance of good lactation support.

SUMMARY:

There is no good evidence that epidural analgesia causes reduced breastfeeding success. Good lactation support is critical.

PMID:
19352174
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