Should I keep breastfeeding if my baby needs surgery?
Breastfeeding is generally the best way to feed a baby around the time of surgery. If the baby requires surgery, mothers should discuss the timing of breastfeeding with their health-care providers. If the surgery is minor and definitely does not require sedation or general anesthesia, mothers can breastfeed when the baby is hungry. If sedation or general anesthesia is required, feeding should end four hours before the procedure. Mothers can express for every missed feed and store the milk for later. After a minor procedure, if the baby is stable, otherwise healthy, and the surgery does not prevent drinking, mothers can breastfeed as soon as the baby is awake and interested.