When Breastfeeding is not Advisable
When should a mother not be allowed to breastfeed her baby
Breastfeeding is not an option if
the mother has cancer and is being treated with radioactive compounds and
anti-cancer drugs. It may also not be possible if the mother has been hospitalized
due to a serious illness.
Can a mother continue breastfeeding if she is ill
However, a mother can continue breastfeeding
her baby even if she has infections like infective hepatitis, typhoid,
cholera, tuberculosis, or leprosy. When she is unwell, a mother can feed
her baby while lying down.
If the mother becomes pregnant again, should she stop breastfeeding
No. There is no harm in breastfeeding
a baby when the mother is menstruating or if she is halfway through another
pregnancy. If the mother is eating well, she can breastfeed throughout
her pregnancy. However, it is extremely important that she take calcium
and iron supplements, because she is now meeting the nutritional requirements
of three people - her baby, her unborn baby, and herself.
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