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 When Should You Consider an Alternate Method Of Feeding

When Should You Consider an Alternate Method Of Feeding

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Some babies may be unable to breastfeed for a number of reasons. In some cases, the mother may be unavailable or unable to breastfeed the baby. In such situations, an alternate method of feeding may have to be used.

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

An alternate method of feeding may be considered:

When breast milk is unavailable. Consult your doctor about different alternatives available for breast milk.

  • When the baby is unable to breastfeed
  • Small for age
  • Preterm birth
  • Sickness
  • When the mother is unable to
    provide breastfeeding
  • Illness
  • Is in a different hospital from the baby
  • Has sore or cracked nipples, engorged breasts, mastitis or an abscess

In most cases, when breastfeeding is not possible, breast milk should be expressed and fed to the baby using a spoon.

Breastfeeding is not Advisable in the following situations:

  • If the mother is HIV-infected
  • If the mother has active, untreated tuberculosis
  • If the mother is undergoing cancer chemotherapy or radiation therapy

Sometimes breastfeeding may not be possible or preferred by the mother. In these cases, the baby can be given alternate method of feeding.

Your decision to go with an alternative feeding method should be discussed with your doctor. This will ensure that your baby’s nutritional needs are adequately met by the method you choose.

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