When Breast-Fed Should Be Avoided?

As a new mother, we understand well that breast milk is the best nutrition source to our newborn baby. However, before getting started with breastfeeding, we should clearly understand under what circumstances that breastfeeding is not a wise option but formula milk is necessary.

If a mother is being infected by common illnesses, such as colds, flu, skin infections, or diarrhea, it normally cannot be passed through breast milk. In fact, it will help mothers to create antibodies which the antibodies will transfer to the baby via the breast milk and protect her baby from those same illnesses. However, if a mother is being infected by serious viruses, for example a mother who is HIV positive, then, breast-fed should totally be avoided as the HIV will cause AIDS in which the virus can be transmitted through breast milk.

Illnesses such as herpes, hepatitis and beta streptococcus infections can also be passed through breast milk. However, it is not necessary means that a mother with those diseases cannot be breast-fed, but it is advisable that the mother should consult with the woman’s doctor beforehand. This is to ensure the safeness of breastfeeding as each case of the above-mentioned diseases is being evaluated on an individual basis.

Besides, a drug abusers’ mother should obviously not breastfeed their children. Drugs such as tranquilizers, cocaine, heroin, methadone, marijuana, or alcohol can be transmitted to the child through the breast milk.

It is advisable that before breastfeed, we should know whether any foods in the mother’s diet that will appear some negative reactions towards baby. A baby may become fussy like having trouble in sleeping or develop gas after the mother consumed certain type of foods. Foods that may triggers of fussiness in babies include chocolate, spices, citrus fruits; and gas-causing vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli. However, not all babies will have the same reaction to the above-mentioned foods.

It is recommend that not to consume caffeine while breastfeeding as high levels of caffeine may cause the fussiness of babies or disturb the baby’s sleep patterns. Alcoholic beverage is also strongly not recommended it can increase blood alcohol levels to a point where the alcohol transmit into breast milk. And the alcohol also can interfere with the body’s ability in enabling the free flow of breast milk while breastfeeding.

A breastfeeding mother should limit their exposure to mercury in fish due to it may causing the mercury poisoning. It is advisable to limit in consuming the canned white or light tuna and should be totally avoided in taking shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish (so called golden or white snapper) because of the potentially high levels of mercury.

There are few ways for a mother to choose for breastfeeding. You, as a breastfeed mother can find your own comfort position to breastfeed your cute baby.
Cradle Hold
This is the classic breastfeeding position whereby a mother requires cradle baby’s head with the crook of the arm. It means that cradling the baby with the mother’s arm on the same side as the breast presented so that the baby can reach the nipple without turning his or her head. If he or she is nursed on the right breast, rest their head in the crook of your right arm. Hold the baby in your lap and lying her with the face, stomach and knees directly facing you and tuck her under your lower arm. Extend your forearm and hand down her back to support her neck, spine, and bottom. Secure her knees against your body, across or just below your left breast and lying horizontally, or at a slight angle.
Cross-Over Hold
This way need not support the baby’s head with the crook of the arm but hold your baby with your hand and arm. It’s just opposite with cradle hold because if you’re nursing from your right breast, you need to use your left hand and arm to hold your baby. Hold your baby in a way that her chest and tummy are directly facing you and with your thumb and fingers behind her head and below her ears, guide her mouth to your breast.
Clutch or Football Hold
In this position, you need to tuck your baby under your arm at the same side that you are nursing from, just like you are holding a handbag or a football. The baby should be facing you with her nose level with your nipple and her feet pointing toward your back. Rest your arm on a pillow in your lap or right beside you, and support her shoulders, neck, and head with your hand. Using a C-hold position, guide her to your nipple, chin first and use your forearm to support her upper back.

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One Response to “When Breast-Fed Should Be Avoided?”

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