When Breastfeeding May Not Be an Option

Find out if you are one of the small number of women who should not plan to breastfeed after your baby is born.

Not everyone should breastfeed. You should bottle-feed if you are extremely underweight; if you abuse drugs or alcohol; if you take medications that could pass into your breast milk and harm your baby--for example, certain drugs for cancer or hypertension; or if you have a serious medical condition such as HIV/AIDS, or a deficiency of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production. If you have had major breast surgery or breast implants, talk with your health care provider about whether you can breastfeed.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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