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Breastfeeding in the Context of Neurological Disorders 

Breastfeeding in the Context of Neurological Disorders
Breastfeeding in the Context of Neurological Disorders

Ruth A. Lawrence

, and Casey Rosen-Carole

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date: 05 March 2021

Lactation is the physiologic process of milk production and the completion of the pregnancy cycle. The goal for all pregnancies should be to support and encourage women to breastfeed, as the benefits to both mother and infant are well established. However, when managing pregnancy and lactation with a woman who also has a neurological disorder, it is essential to understand the impact on lactation of both the disease and the medications for treating the disease. Ideally disease control can be optimized and medications altered to reduce any negative influence on the mother or infant during lactation. Although neurologic disease does not typically interfere with breastfeeding, limited mobility, fatigue, decreased sensation, medications, and surgeries may add additional challenges for the breastfeeding woman with a neurologic condition. The goal of the neurologist, obstetrician, pediatrician, and lactation consultant should be to support and encourage breastfeeding, while minimizing the risk of medications for the infant.

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