Editorial Views  |   October 2017
Labor Epidural Analgesia and Breastfeeding
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Corresponding article on page 614.
    Corresponding article on page 614.×
  • Accepted for publication June 15, 2017.
    Accepted for publication June 15, 2017.×
  • Address correspondence to Dr. Chestnut: david.h.chestnut@vanderbilt.edu
Article Information
Editorial Views / Obstetric Anesthesia / Pain Medicine
Editorial Views   |   October 2017
Labor Epidural Analgesia and Breastfeeding
Anesthesiology 10 2017, Vol.127, 593-595. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001794
Anesthesiology 10 2017, Vol.127, 593-595. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001794
“BREASTFEEDING is an important public health concern.”1  So begins—correctly—a fine clinical research publication in this issue of Anesthesiology.1  Breastfeeding incurs substantial health benefits for both the mother and the baby.2.3 Short-term maternal benefits of breastfeeding include decreased postpartum blood loss and more rapid involution of the uterus. An exhaustive 2007 review2  concluded that long-term maternal benefits include a decreased incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus as well as a decreased incidence of breast and ovarian cancer. Early cessation of breastfeeding or no breastfeeding is associated with an increased risk of maternal postpartum depression.2  And the duration of breastfeeding is positively associated with a decreased risk of maternal hypertension and cardiovascular disease.4,5 
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