Last update: Jan. 10, 2015
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
Local anesthetic agent which is used for infiltration and nerve-blocking procedures included Epidural anesthesia.
It is excreted into breast milk in non-significant amount, with no side-effect observed on breastfed infants of treated mothers. Plasma levels in those infant were undetectable.
There is controversy about the effect of drug-mediated analgesia used during the child birth (e.g. epidural injection of local anesthetics plus Fentanyl or alone) on the mature milk coming in, whether by delaying the onset of Lactogenesis phase II, or, by affecting the ability of the child for sucking.
Some studies have shown a higher risk for delay of initiation of Lactogenesis phase II (milk coming in) longer than 3 post-natal days, but without effect on loss of initial weight. On other studies, the newborn infant appears to have higher risk for delay on first latch-on, higher body temperature and irritability or somnolence. Because of the latter, it is argued that those mothers would be in need of more support on breastfeeding when they have received ante or intra partum analgesia.
However, some studies that have used Ropivacaine did not get such findings.
There is consensus on the achievement of higher milk production and higher body weight increase in the neonate with an adequate pharmacological control of pain after C-section or vaginal childbirth.
We do not have alternatives for Ropivacaine since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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