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Q&A: Do I Need to "Pump and Dump"?

Do I need to "pump & dump" after being under anesthesia?

No, you can breastfeed as soon as you are awake and up to it. The amount of any drug that gets into the milk is tiny. Plus, most drugs used for general anesthesia are gasses and you can be affected only if you inhale them. The baby won't inhale them from the milk.