When is Breast not Best

There are many benefits of breastfeeding , but there are also situations where you should avoid it completely. Whilst breastmilk is always best for your baby there are some conditions when breastfeeding should be avoided at all times.

These include:

  1. If the mother is infected by HIV (AIDS). It is possible to transmit the HIV virus to your baby so breastfeeding should be avoided.
  2. If you are undergoing antiretroviral treatment. Antiretroviral substances can harm your babys development.
  3. If you are infected with TB. This can be transmitted to your baby via your breastmilk
  4. If you are a moderate user or drug addict. The contents of the drugs you consume can damage nerve and brain cells that help babies to grow.
  5. If you are being treated for cancer. There are certain cancer treatments that can damage cells in your tissue.  This can be passed through your breastmilk to your baby.
  6. If you consume large amounts of alcohol.
  7. If your baby is diagnosed with Galactosaemia. Although Galactosaemia is a rare inherited disease it is among the most common carbohydrate metabolism disorders.  It can be life threatening during the newborn period when your baby cannot digest the lactose content of your breastmilk.

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