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Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology:
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0b013e32832a1d1b
Obstetric and gynecological anesthesia: Edited by Marc Van de Velde

Breastfeeding and epidural analgesia during labour

Devroe, Sarah; De Coster, Johan; Van de Velde, Marc

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Abstract

Purpose of review: To evaluate the effect of epidural analgesia on breastfeeding.

Recent findings: Alarming messages were sent out following a retrospective study indicating that epidural analgesia caused more breastfeeding failures. The limitations of this study were reviewed as well as the critical importance of good lactation support.

Summary: There is no good evidence that epidural analgesia causes reduced breastfeeding success. Good lactation support is critical.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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