Volume 48, Issue 7 p. 616-625
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Breast feeding and anaesthesia

J. J. LEE

J. J. LEE

J.J. Lee, FFARCSI, Registrar, Department of Anaesthesia, Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8RF.

Department of Anaesthesia, The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London El IBB.

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A. P. RUBIN

A. P. RUBIN

A.P. Rubin, FRCA, Consultant, Department of Anaesthesia, Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8RF.

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First published: July 1993
Citations: 36

Summary

Anaesthetists require a good knowledge of the excretion of drugs in breast milk and the potential hazards to suckling infants of drug ingestion via breast milk. A brief account of the physiology of lactation is given. The mechanisms of drug passage into breast milk are discussed followed by a review of the excretion in breast milk of drugs used in anaesthetic practice. Suggestions for the management of anaesthesia in breast feeding mothers are offered.