Getting an epidural may hinder breastfeeding
Moms who opt for popular narcotic during labor have more trouble nursing
Do your anesthesiologists use fentanyl in your epidurals? We've just started using a Naropin and fentanyl infusion exclusively. We haven't been using it long enough for me to notice any breastfeeding effects. I have probably only done three or four so far with the new mix, and I don't think they were breastfeeders. The only thing that it seems like I have noticed is more intense itching. Our head anesthesiologist said that the mix should be an improvement over the Naropin-only epidurals but I'm not sure I've noticed any appreciable difference.
What do you all use?
Have you found this study to be true in your experience or seen anything of note?
Often the bf stuff is hard for us to tell, because we have the moms for such a short period of time. The study mentions less bf'ing in the first week after birth and at 6 months - and we aren't around for that part.