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Skip to content. You were probably thinking about how you were going to feed your baby before you knew your baby had congenital heart disease CHD. Now you may wonder if you can still breastfeed your baby.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that approximately 75 percent of new mothers start off breastfeeding their babies, but many stop either partially or completely within the first few months. One of the most common reasons for this is worry about insufficient milk production. For many women, your milk supply is just fine.
Human milk and breastfeeding represent the nutritional normative standards for term and preterm newborns. With the term "surgical infants" we refer to all newborns who undergo surgery during the first days of life and who are assisted in the neonatal intensive care unit during the postoperative period and then in the neonatal surgery unit. There are many obstacles to breastfeeding these newborns.
Various factors can cause a low milk supply during breast-feeding, such as waiting too long to start breast-feeding, not breast-feeding often enough, supplementing breastfeeding, an ineffective latch and use of certain medications. Sometimes previous breast surgery affects milk production. Although many women worry about low milk supply, insufficient breast milk production is rare.
New mothers who have had previous breast or nipple surgery can breastfeed their newborns and are strongly encouraged to do so. All postpartum women can produce at least droplets of colostrum first milk. Even if mothers get only some milk, they are providing their baby with antibodies at every feeding.
Breastfeedingalso known as nursingis the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman's breast. Deaths of an estimatedchildren under the age of five could be prevented globally every year with increased breastfeeding. Benefits for the mother include less blood loss following delivery, better uterus shrinkage, and decreased postpartum depression.
Here, we discuss several topics, including breast surgery, prolactinoma, concurrent new pregnancy, hormonal contraception, and use of medications and contrast agents, that continue to raise controversy. While most conditions appear to be compatible with breastfeeding, the major determinants of a woman's final choice of whether to nurse her infant or not are the attitude of health professionals and the state of mind of being an informed mother. Breastfeeding, because of its strong health-promoting effect on both the mother 1 and the child 2affords individual, familial, and social benefits that carry significant economic advantages 3 — 5. International health authorities 6 and national scientific societies 7 recommend breastfeeding as the nutritional norm, unless an informed choice of the mother or a good medical reason exists for preferring formula feeding 8.
The first stage of milk that develops during pregnancy is called colostrum. Thick and yellow in color, colostrum lasts a few days after the baby is born. This milk is rich in protein, antibodies, vitamins and minerals.
Breastfeeding is vitally important to the health of mothers and their infants. Breast milk contains the best nutrients to help infants grow and to protect against common childhood illnesses and infections. And research shows that allergic diseases, asthma, obesity, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDSand some types of cancer may occur less often in mothers who have breastfed their babies. Most mothers want to breastfeed but stop early due to a lack of support.