La Leche League International Quotes (Author of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding)
When a Mother is Ill
When a mother is ill, it affects the whole family. For a breastfeeding mother, there are additional concerns about how her illness may affect her baby, whether directly because of any medication she needs to take, or indirectly if the illness makes it more difficult for her to feed and care for her baby. Balancing risks Medications and breastmilk Common illnesses Less common conditions Hospitalisation Having surgery? Anaesthetics Recovery If weaning is advised. Substituting infant formula can be risky for a baby as it will deprive him of the antibodies and immune factors that help protect him from illness.
Ireland has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in Europe. According to the HSE This is despite the HSE and the World Health Organisation WHO recommending that infants are exclusively breastfed for six months and that this should continue alongside solid food for two years or beyond, aka as long as you possibly can. A big factor in this is a lack of support in Ireland for breastfeeding support and therefore people do not have a complete understanding of the normal behaviour of breastfeeding infants. Here is a list of places you can find breastfeeding support in Ireland at all times, to help on your breastfeeding journey.
One of the most common questions that mothers ask their health care providers is - “Can I safely take medication while breastfeeding?” Sometimes mothers are.
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One of the commonest questions I receive from mothers is about medication and breastfeeding, and can the mother continue breastfeeding while on such and such medication. Mothers are frequently, even usually told they must stop breastfeeding when in reality most medications can be taken while the mother continues to breastfeed the way she and her baby are used to, that is, not restrict breastfeeding at all or the time of breastfeeding based on when the mother takes the medication. Here is a list of medications mothers often ask about frequently. Can you tell which of the medications listed here are compatible with continued breastfeeding in the way the mother and baby are used to? Ibuprofen 2. Corticosteroids like prednisone 3.
Most medications are safe for women to take while nursing, according to the first American Academy of Pediatrics report to tackle the subject in more than a decade. Many women are "inappropriately" counseled to discontinue certain medications or to stop breastfeeding altogether, says the report, published online in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. But the majority of medications and immunizations pose no risk to mothers or babies, and the report urges doctors to consider specific risks and benefits, keeping in mind the health and age of the baby, rather than making blanket recommendations. Ruth Lawrence, a professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and author of Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession , who did not work on the report. She estimated that of the 80 percent of women who attempt to breastfeed or aspire to, less than 10 percent might have to stop taking a medication. Public health campaigns for decades have stressed numerous health benefits of breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life, and for one year or beyond while supplementing with foods.