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Intrapartum epidural analgesia and breastfeeding: a prospective cohort study

Torvaldsen, Siranda; Roberts, Christine L; Simpson, Judy M; Thompson, Jane F; Ellwood, David A


BACKGROUND Anecdotal reports suggest that the addition of fentanyl (an opioid) to epidural analgesia for women during childbirth results in difficulty establishing breastfeeding. The aim of this paper is to determine any association between epidural analgesia and 1) breastfeeding in the first week postpartum and 2) breastfeeding cessation during the first 24 weeks postpartum. METHODS A prospective cohort study of 1280 women aged > or = 16 years, who gave birth to a single live infant in the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: International breastfeeding journal
DOI: 10.1186/1746-4358-1-24


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