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Labor Medications: Oh yes, it affects breastfeeding.

by Laurie Chamberlin CD, ICCE, CLE

‘Will the pain medication I have in labor affect my baby?” asks my client Olivia with curious eyes. I think I know the answer she is hoping for and I don’t think I can give it to her. “Yes” I reply, to which I see a momentary flutter of disappointment cross her face. “Most medication reaches the baby in ten minutes.” At a lactation conference put on by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Placer County, Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC says Fentanyl, a common pain medication used in labor, lasts about 2 hours in the mother and can last up to 13 hours in a baby. Babies should not be breastfed for 4 hours after administration. Often times mothers will receive more than one shot, that stacks up and may take a day or more for it to wear off in the baby.

Testimonial

Hi Herb Lore!  On the 29th of April I gave birth to my little man - my 5th child!   My last birth was 8 years ago. My placenta took its time in coming out at that birth, and a little piece was left in there causing an infection, so I was a little scared of giving birth to the placenta this time round.  And of course the after pains!!  I was dreading the after pains being that this was baby number 5!  (Quite frankly, I find birth much easier than the after pains.)  So about 5 minutes after giving birth to my son, I took the Placenta Release Tincture. I also delayed cord clamping until placenta was born. I was taking the tincture every 5 mins. Once I took the 4th dropperful, my placenta was out!  Fully intact!!!  Happy Chappy I was! :)

Now for the After Pain Relief Tincture!! That’s stuff is BRILLIANT!!  As soon as I had a little niggle I took a dropperful. NO PAIN!!  And I mean NONE!!  The nurses kept coming in asking if I needed any pain relief, and were dumbfounded that the tincture was the only thing I was taking!!  I had every nurse in the maternity unit coming in to see the wonder juice “Herb Lore After Pain Relief Tincture! “.  So a massive thank you goes out to you and your wonderful tinctures! I would have been lost without them. xx  M.C. - one of our sweet UK clients.   (UK hospitals allow herbal tinctures, aromatherapy and homeopathy in their hospitals and healing clinics.  Isn't that awesome!)