When Should a Mother Avoid Breastfeeding?

While breastfeeding provides the most complete nutrition for infants, it is not advised in certain situations. Staff, expecting, and breastfeeding mothers may find this information useful and are encouraged to ask health care providers about breastfeeding in special circumstances.

Health professionals agree that human milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants, including premature and sick newborns. However, there are rare exceptions when human milk is not recommended. Under certain circumstances, a physician will need to make a case-by-case assessment to determine whether a woman’s environmental exposure or her own medical condition warrants her to interrupt or stop breastfeeding. When Should a Mother Avoid Breastfeeding?