For what reason would breastfeeding be contraindicated?

Breast feeding is contraindicated 1) for infants with phenylketonuria, rare amino acidurias, and galactosemia; 2) for infants whose mothers have diseases such as infectious tuberculosis and venereal disease; and 3) for infants whose mothers are taking medications which might be harmful to the infant.

What is an absolute contraindication for breastfeeding?

In terms of infant conditions, galactosemia is clearly an absolute contraindication to breast-feeding. Breast milk is a rich source of lactose, and the very survival of infants with galactosemia is dependent on their receiving a non-lactose-containing formula.

When should a mother avoid breastfeeding?

WHO also recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age or longer. Mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed their children for at least 1 year.

What mother’s condition is not contraindication to nursing?

Therefore, common maternal bacterial, fungal and viral infections in which the mother’s health is not compromised are not contraindications to breastfeeding (Table 1).

Why is breastfeeding contraindicated in phenylketonuria?

Conclusions: PKU is treated with phenylalanine (Phe) restriction. Breastfeeding infants with PKU is challenging in part because Phe intake is difficult to determine precisely.

Which drugs are contraindicated during breastfeeding?

Drugs contraindicated during breastfeeding include anticancer drugs, lithium, oral retinoids, iodine, amiodarone and gold salts. An understanding of the principles underlying the transfer into breast milk is important, as is an awareness of the potential adverse effects on the infant.

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What can hinder breastfeeding?

Barriers to breastfeeding

  • Lack of knowledge about breastfeeding.
  • Misconception that formula is equivalent.
  • Breastfeeding is not the social norm in many communities.
  • Poor family and social support.
  • Embarrassment about feeding in public.
  • Lactation problems.
  • Returning to work and accessing supportive childcare.

Can you breast feed with PKU?

In the early 1980s, with the determination of low concentration of Phe in breast milk, breast milk supplemented with Phe-free formula has become an acceptable dietary treatment for infants with PKU. Today, breastfeeding is encouraged and well established in PKU patients.

What is maternal PKU?

Phenylketonuria (also called PKU) is a condition in which your body can’t break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. Amino acids help build protein in your body. Without treatment, phenylalanine builds up in the blood and causes health problems. Maternal PKU means that a woman who has PKU is pregnant.

What can babies with PKU eat?

A child with PKU should not eat milk, fish, cheese, nuts, beans, or meat. A child with PKU can eat many foods low in protein, such as vegetables, fruits, and some cereals.