Under what health circumstances should a mom stop breastfeeding?


It is extremely rare that a mom would or should be advised to stop or not breastfeed due to a health condition.In fact, breastfeeding is even more important to continue if mom is sick with common illnesses such as colds and flu.

When she is ill, her body is immediately starting to produce specific antibodies for whatever it is that she is infected with. These antibodies are delivered to the baby directly through the breast milk to protect the infant from getting sick.

By interrupting breastfeeding at this point, you can actually interfere with this perfect, natural protection and leave the baby at more risk of developing the illness that mom has.

According to the CDC, there are some RARE medical circumstances in which mom may be advised to not initiate or stop breastfeeding. An infant diagnosed with galactosemia, a rare genetic metabolic disorder; The infant whose mother as been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is taking antiretroviral medications, has untreated active tuberculosis, is infected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I or type II, is using or is dependent upon an illicit drug, is taking prescribed cancer chemotherapy agents (such as antimetabolites that interfere with DNA replication and cell division) or is undergoing radiation therapies (however, such nuclear medicine therapies require only a temporary interruption in breastfeeding).

As you can see, these are rare and extreme situations. Most medications that mom takes are safe for breastfeeding, and if not there are almost always alternatives that are. She should always check with her health care provider, but also ask for something that is safe for breastfeeding if she is advised to stop due to the medication.


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