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Dear Mother, Avoid Breastfeeding If You Have Any Of These Medical Conditions.

Breast milk promotes healthy growth and reduces the risk of a variety of disorders in neonates. It may lessen the incidence of acute illnesses like pneumonia and diarrhoea in mothers. Breastfeeding is temporarily or permanently interrupted and replaced with breast-milk replacements if a medical issue exists in the mother.

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We'll go over some of the medical and non-medical reasons why breastfeeding should be avoided permanently, temporarily, or temporarily when eating expressed breast milk in this article. Remember that when a doctor tells a mother to stop or delay breastfeeding, it's because the benefits of breastfeeding are outweighed by the risk of diseases later on.

The conditions in which mothers should permanently refrain from breastfeeding

HIV Infection.

HIV transmission through breastfeeding is between 5 and 20%, according to the WHO. Breastfeeding is possible for HIV-positive moms who are on combination antiretroviral medication for 12 to 24 months. It's a good idea to get medical advice to learn more about HIV and breastfeeding.

Using illegal drugs.

Illegal drugs, such as cannabis, have been linked to motor impairment and developmental issues in newborns. Stay away from these medicines for at least six months when breastfeeding. Also, stay away from passive smoking while you are feeding a baby


According to a study, the presence of Ebola virus illnesses in breast milk can increase the chance of the virus being transmitted to newborns through breastfeeding. Infants who were fed breast milk by Ebola positive mothers died later, according to the study, and the virus was found in their tears, sweat, saliva, and contaminated surfaces. As a result, the route of Ebola virus transmission through breast milk is still unknown.

The Conditions In Which Mothers Should Temporarily Avoid Breastfeeding.


If a mother has active herpes lesions on her breasts, she should not breastfeed her child until the active lesions have been treated. According to the CDC, moms who have no active lesions on their breasts or other parts of their body can safely breastfeed their children. The herpes simplex virus can be passed on through nursing.


Breastfeeding may be temporarily avoided by women who are suffering from a serious sickness. Sepsis is a life-threatening illness that occurs as a result of the body's overreaction to an infection. High temperature, chills, lower abdomen pain, dyspnea, muscle agony, and even death are among symptoms of sepsis.

Varicella-zoster virus.

Chickenpox is an acute infection spread mostly by person-to-person skin contact or mucous membrane contact caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Two cases of the varicella virus are discussed in a study. According to the report, no virus has been detected from the breast milk of any of the instances. According to this, even if a mother has varicella, she can still breastfeed her baby using extracted breast milk or other sources.

Certain Medications.

Breastfeeding is not advised for moms who are taking certain medications that may enhance the toxicity of the breast milk and produce side effects in the newborn. Sedating psychotherapy medicines, anti-epileptic drugs, radioactive iodine-131 (for thyroid cancer treatment) and cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs are among them.

Brucellosis Infection.

Brucellosis is a bacterial infection that passes from animals to humans. It is primarily transferred to neonates through breast lumps and abscesses. Nursing is halted until the infection is treated with antibiotics in lactating mothers, which could take up to 6 weeks.


Some research claims that breast milk from women with tuberculosis can be given to their newborns through optical feeding procedures. According to a study, women who are no longer afflicted with TB can safely breastfeed because it no longer includes the germs and only a little amount of non-toxic medications.

Breast abscesses.

Breast abscesses are a common concern among nursing women. They can be caused by a variety of reasons such as infection or diabetes. If the abscess is not in the nipples or feeding area, women may continue nursing. But if it is in the feeding area breastfeeding should be temporarily halted.


Breast mastitis is usually a side effect of a breast abscess. It's a breast inflammatory disorder that's followed by infection symptoms. According to a study, prompt and thorough treatment of breast mastitis can avoid breastfeeding cessation, however if the infection is left untreated, nursing must be interrupted for a period of time until the infection is healed. Obese and diabetic women are more prone to it.


To sum it up Every newborn has to be breastfed. However, for the protection of the infant, breastfeeding may be temporarily or permanently avoided due to certain maternal conditions. If you have any of the aforementioned issues, see a doctor as soon as possible to learn how to give your kid breast milk without depriving him or her of essential nutrients.

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