Many health professionals are not trained in breastfeeding at all, and will tell you that you need to wean the baby and switch to formula if any problems or situations come up. Or your friends and/or family will tell you its not worth the trouble and formula is easier and just as good. WRONG. I can't say enough how amazingly awesome breastmilk and the act of breastfeeding are. Its like miracle juice!
You should always try to get help from a lactation consultant if you having questions or concerns about breastfeeding your baby.
The only reasons a mother may have to stop or delay breastfeeding are:
- Maternal HIV infection (in some situations),
- Infectious tuberculosis in the developed world,
- Maternal use of illegal drugs.
Mothers who are told they must stop breastfeeding because of a certain drug should ask to be prescribed an alternative medication which is acceptable for breastfeeding mothers.
You can breastfeed while you receive small amounts of anesthesia, pain medication, and even alcohol.
You should continue breastfeeding if you have an infection or if you receive immunizations.
You can breastfeed if you have problems with your breasts or nipples, if you have a mammogram, if you become pregnant again.
You should continue breastfeeding if baby becomes ill, as breastfeeding will help.
Dr. Jack Newman is an awesome resource for Breastfeeding help and info!