How Epidurals Can Affect Breastfeeding

A person sits on a white bench that is covered by a gray plaid cloth. They are breastfeeding a baby. The face of the person is not visible. The photo is taken from above and focused on the baby. Wren Meinberg/Unsplash

Adriana Lozada, host of the Birthful Podcast, talks with Dianne Cassidy, a lactation consultant, about how epidurals can impact the feeding relationship between the birthing parent and the baby. They cover direct and indirect affects on the baby, fever, IV fluids, and strategies for how to counteract some of the negative effects.

“Usually, when we think epidurals, we wonder how they will affect birth, but it turns out that they can have an impact on your breastfeeding relationship as well.”