Safety in Lactation: Inhalational anaesthetics

Laura Kearney, Regional Principal Medicines Information Pharmacist, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (Midlands site) & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory ServicePublished

The effects of inhalational anaesthetics are short-lived. Levels of these drugs in milk are anticipated to be negligible. It is therefore considered that breastfeeding can be resumed as soon as the mother has recovered sufficiently from the effects of general anaesthesia. Consider possible risks associated with other drugs used in association with inhalational anaesthetics.