Cross Breastfeeding can bring several risks to the baby, being able to transmit diseases, infectious, as an example to AIDS the most serious.
Cross breast-feeding is contraindicated by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO).
Let’s go clarify the main doubts about the method and advise what the mother should do if she has any problems breastfeeding her child.
With the cross lactation The baby may be contaminated by an infectious disease such as AIDS, a serious chronic disease with no absolute treatment yet, no cure. For example, if a mother has hepatitis B in activity, and donates milk to another baby, who does not yet have sufficient doses of vaccine (i.e. is not fully immunized), she may pass the disease on to the child, through breast milk, in the event of bleeding from the nipple due to breast trauma.
When was crossbreeding contraindicated?
From 1985 onwards, the cross lactation began to be contraindicated. Today, the formal contraindication by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) is for HIV and HTLV. If the mother has one of these two viruses, she will not be able to breastfeed. In this case, your child will have to be fed according to the pediatrician’s indication, depending on his age.
What should the mother do if she can’t breastfeed?
It is very important first to seek help from your doctor, pediatrician or the unit where you had your child. If you are not successful, look for a Human Milk Bank (HMB). In Brazil there are 218 milk banks.
What is the difference between milk from the milk bank and someone else’s milk?
Milk from the Human Milk Bank is treated, pasteurised and therefore free from any possibility of disease transmission. The mother should not breastfeed any child other than her own. She may be up to date, have had exams, had a quiet pregnancy, but she may be in an immunological window, and this baby is at risk of contracting some disease.
What are the other benefits of breastfeeding besides avoiding illness?
Breast milk is a living substance, and is also suitable for the baby’s life phases. The mother of a premature infant, for example, will have a specific milk for a baby in that age group. If the baby has an infection, the breast milk will produce more defenses to fight that infection. The woman’s body understands that it needs to release more antibodies, more cells, more defenses, to protect these babies and to fight the infection she is suffering from.
The advantages of breast milk are numerous, both for mother and baby. Besides uniting mother and child, it prevents the early introduction of allergenic foods.
+Postpartum depression: symptoms and treatment
+Know the benefits of listening to music in pregnancy
What to do if you are having difficulty breastfeeding?
You need to look for a health professional or a milk bank, because the family or the mother alone will probably not notice. Even if the mother has had a good previous pregnancy and a breast-feeding too, it does not mean that the current one will be the same. Every baby is one way.
Weak milk, can that happen?
There is no such thing as weak milk, it is a myth, but what occurs are times when the mother may be producing less milk for lack of adequate stimulation. It can still occur that the baby is suckling a lot of the previous milk, that is, he sucks a little in a breast and then changes sides. Not emptying the breast may not satisfy the child, who always cries and wants to suck often. This makes the nurse distressed and insecure. In this way, it will never reach the final milk, which has a higher fat content, making the baby fatten and gives satiety, allowing more time between one feed and another. The previous milk is great, it is necessary, but it has a lower calorie content.