Illness in the mother
March 3, 2007 2:04am CST
Most common maternal illnesses do not require discontinuation of brestfeeding. Breastfeeding is recommneded even with mastitis, brest abscess and other infectious illnesses inclduing urinary tract infection, tuberculosis, human immundodeficiency virus (AIDS), hepatitis and other viruses, however, physically incapacitating systemic illnesses many necessitate disonctination of breastfeeding. Phychosis is a contraindication for breastfeeding on account of abnormal maternal behaviour. In such situations, wherever feasible the breasts should be emptied frequently to maintain lactation.