I’ve often heard that the effects of C-Section pain medication when breastfeeding are minimal and won’t harm baby.
I’ve also heard doctors recommend delaying breastfeeding for at least 2-3 days after surgery because pain medication can enter breast milk and is dangerous for baby.
So which is it?
And if C-Section pain medication does affect your breast milk how does it affect your baby?
The effects of C-Section pain medication on your baby depends on the medication.
For example, the use of oral medications such as Oxycodone* when breastfeeding not only cause infant drowsiness, it can cause central nervous system depression; even death according a drugs.com article on the use of Oxycodone while breastfeeding.
Now that’s scary to me.
Many C-Section pain medications used cause nothing more than some drowsiness in baby, however some medications offer more dangerous side effects for your baby.
Here’s a run down of the possible pain drugs administered when having a C-Section and what to look out for. Continue reading