Breast milk offers unique benefits to babies, namely providing the antibodies it is infused with from the mother’s immune system.
However, there are several medical instances when breastfeeding is not recommended. Mothers who are infected with certain viruses (including HIV), taking particular medications or undergoing radiation therapy should not breastfeed. In addition, infants with a genetic condition called galactosemia must use formula, because this metabolic disorder prevents them from surviving on human breast milk.
Sometimes, despite a mom’s best efforts to adjust her diet and positioning, a baby simply won’t tolerate breast milk well or even be able to latch on to the mother’s nipple effectively. Some mothers simply don’t produce a sufficient supply of breast milk to nourish their baby by breastfeeding alone, and supplementing with