Cautions about breast-feeding

August 1, 2011

Human milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants, including premature and sick newborns, with rare exception. When direct breast-feeding is not possible, expressed milk should be provided. In cases of maternal infection, the basic tenet is that breast-feeding is rarely contraindicated. The few exceptions are situations where infectious agents may be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Advice against breast-feeding should be based on careful consideration of the general benefits for mother and baby, the risks of not receiving human milk, and the most current information about the condition.

SEE ALSO: Lactation, Pregnancy

Category: Breast-Feeding