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4 Contraindications of breast feeding

4 Contraindications of breast feeding

Breast feeding is the most appropriate method to feed newborns; but sometimes and for certain reasons, breast feeding may interfere with the medical condition of the mother or her baby or both. So we will highlight the most important medical reasons that prevent breast feeding.

  1. Localized causes of the breast; it include:
  • Inverted nipples.
  • Painful nipple fissures.
  • Mammary gland inflammation.
  • Mastitis.
  • Breast cancer.
  1. Maternal causes; it include mother's diseases that interfere with breast feeding for certain causes (e.g. when breast feeding exacerbates the mother's medical condition or breast feeding could be a method for disease transmission to the baby), as follow:
  • Typhoid fever.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Malaria.
  • Puerperal fever.
  • Renal failure.
  • AIDS.
  • Septicemia. 
  1. Maternal administration of certain drugs that interfere with breast feeding, such as:
  • Immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Cortisone.
  • Medications of thyroid gland dysfunction.
  • Chloramphenicol.
  • Certain antibiotics, such as: tetracycline & ciprofloxacin.
  1. Fetal causes: such as lactose intolerance.


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