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This is not up-to-date information. Breast milk is digested more quickly than solids, and given normal circumstances, it is safe to nurse 4 hours before anesthetic is given.
I was told the same thing by my ped, a ped. surgeon and various nurses when my 4 month old had to have surgery, and pursued it until I was able to meet with a pediatric anestheologist, who immediately agreed with me. It was extremely frustrating how many peoply in the medical field were totally ignorant about breastfeeding - it was a real eye opener for me.
Kellymom has some great articles that you can print out and take with you to the pre-op. My LLL leader also gave me some info that was helpful...I would contact them as well. I wish I had it at hand for you, but it was all pretty easy stuff to find. One thing that helped was having a list of hospitals that follow the 4 hour rule, and continuing to ask why my hospital followed such different protocol.
Good luck dealing with this...I know how frustrating this is.