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Tell the anesthesiologist that you are breastfeeding and want bf safe meds only. Tell the nurses the same thing, as well as your dr. As soon as you are awake from the anesthesia and feel up to it, you are safe to breastfeed, or pump and keep the milk. There is usually no reason to pump and dump.
edit to add, what surgery are you having done? remember women who have csections which is major abdominal surgery--even if put under general anesthesia are able to breastfeed after surgery as soon as they are feeling up to it, and the pain meds they are given are safe for bfing.
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When I had surgery, I opted to pump and dump for 24 hours, but it was a precaution that was most likely not necessary.
Bring your pump to the hospital, and pump as close as you can to the surgery - I was able to pump before the surgery after I was all checked in; I just let them know I needed to do so. I'm not sure what surgery you are having, but for me, it was 7 hours before I was able to pump again (woken up enough etc), so it was critical that I had pumped right before or it would have been even longer.