There are various questions that arise in the mind of a lactating mother. It is very important for her to have all the basic information about breastfeeding. In this article, you will find some useful suggestions for breastfeeding mother.
1. Should a woman breastfeed her baby who has jaundice? – Jaundice is very common among young breastfed babies. This is generally because of the effect of the hormone in the breast milk. This jaundice does not harm the baby in any way. However, new born babies may develop jaundice due to some other reason and occasionally this may be very harmful. Therefore, consult your doctor if signs of jaundice are visible in the baby. At times the jaundice in a breastfed baby may become pronounced and breastfeeding may have to stopped for a couple of days. You should not panic if the jaundice in breastfed babies sometimes lasts for more than a month, if this is not pronounced or severe.
2. Should a sick baby be breastfed? – There is no need to discontinue breastfeeding a sick baby due to several reasons. Breast milk supports the nutrition of the baby during illness. It has been observed that breastfeeding helps the baby to recover from an illness. It prevents the occurrence of malnutrition which can be caused by illness and poor intake of nutritive food. Breast milk is particularly useful if the baby is suffering from diarrhea. Breastfeeding provides emotional support which the baby requires during illness.
3. Should a sick woman breastfeed her baby? – Breastfeeding should not be discontinued even when the mother is sick. Most of the time, the illness is not very severe and does not interfere with breastfeeding. In case, the mother has been hospitalized and the baby is not permitted to remain with the mother, the mother should express her milk and give it to the baby. It is possible that the medicine the mother is given comes in larger amounts in the breast milk. Find out from the doctor if the mother should temporarily discontinue feeding because of the risk from the medicine that she is taking. The mother may discontinue feeding because of the risk from the medicine that she is taking. The mother may discontinue to breastfeed the baby if she feels too exhausted and uncomfortable to do so.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.
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