Safety in Lactation: Intravenous anaesthetics

Sarah Fenner, Acting Co-Director, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (Midlands site) & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory ServicePublished

The effects of intravenous anaesthetics are short-lived. Levels of these drugs in milk are very low. 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 intravenous anaesthetics.