Can You Still Breastfeed While On Anaesthesia From The Dentist?

It is completely normal to worry about the health of your child when breastfeeding as most of what goes into your body is transferred to them. Anaesthesia has a huge effect on our bodies and is something you should understand before breastfeeding your child.

Currently, there is little research and information about the effects of anaesthesia in relation to breastfeeding. However, the good news is that dental anaesthesia is usually short term  and leaves the body fairly quickly.

The bottom line is, if you are breastfeeding your child you do not have to worry about the effects of anaesthesia on your baby. You can visit your dentist and undergo any treatment under any type of anaesthesia and continue to nurse your baby with no impact on the milk.

Anaesthesia works by numbing the nerves ending in your mouth allowing the dentist to conduct any procedure such as fillings, extraction, dental implants, bridges and several other dental procedures that require administering of local anaesthesia. General anaesthetic is also considered safe to breastfeed afterwards.


There are no interruptions between the local anaesthesia as well as other dental medications with breastfeeding. This means that parents can resume breastfeeding soon after any dental procedure without the need to wait or waste any milk via pumping or other methods.

Exception Cases

Also administering local anaesthetic, your dentist may prescribe additional medications to take after the procedure.

These medications can be different and therefore you need to let your dentist know that you are breastfeeding. This will help them prescribe the best medicine that will not interrupt your breastfeeding routine.

Some of the dental medications that you can be given during or after a dental procedure include;

    • Novocain
    • Valium
    • General anaesthesia
    • Nitrous oxide
    • Local anaesthesia
    • Paracetamol
    • Antibiotics

All these are considered to be compatible with breastfeeding and are safe to use while nursing a baby. Most medications wear off as soon as the procedure is over which makes it possible for you to continue breastfeeding normally.

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