How can I breastfeed if I’m having surgery?
Surgery does not need to interfere significantly with breastfeeding. Mothers can ask whether they can bring the baby to hospital and if their surgery can be done early in the day so they don’t have to go for long without food and drink. They can ask whether it can be done without general anesthetic to limit the amount of medication used and ensure that any medication they will receive are safe for breastfeeding. Mothers should express and store milk to use when they cannot breastfeed. They need to arrange for a helper to help look after both themselves and the baby. If possible, mothers should breastfeed or express right before surgery. If surgery is longer than three hours, health-care providers may express for them. When it’s over, they should resume breastfeeding as soon as they feel able, unless there is concern about a particular medication.