Lactation is partially controlled by the endocrine system. For this reason, if a mother has any endocrine and/or metabolic problems, it can hinder breastfeeding, due to hormone irregularities.
These problems with breastfeeding can sometimes be overcome and there are great advantages for the mother who continues to breastfeed, in connection with health.
This condition usually causes a low milk supply, but the degree of difficulty varies from woman to woman. Women who have breastfed more than once, usually find that their milk supply increases with each birth.
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Hypothyroidism is usually associated with low milk supply. Women with thyroid problems have an increased risk of thyroid cancer, but women who breastfeed for longer periods have a decreased risk of cancer.
Some might feel that the strain of breastfeeding would be too much for a mother to handle with cystic fibrosis. It is important that the weight of both the mother and her baby is monitored. The breast milk of a mother with CF may contain less fat, but it is usually sufficient for the baby’s needs. Calorie and vitamin supplements may be recommended for the mother to take.
Mothers with CF are more prone to bacterial pathogens, breastfeeding will help protect her baby from these.
Cystic fibrosis in children.
Moms with PKU should breastfeed to avoid complications of the disease. Read more about PKU here.
Can a grown women with Galactosemia breastfeed her baby?
Yes. Milk from a mother who has Galactosemia, does contain lactose, despite the lack of lactose in her diet. Her milk also contains all the nutrients necessary for normal development.
More information about Galactosemia and breastfeeding.
Tracy Behr, CBC, CLD (CBI)
Reference: Course information through Childbirth International on the physiology of breastfeeding / health problems / endocrine and metabolic conditions.
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