Breastfeeding in Special or Unusual Situations

Many mothers have successfully breastfed in special or unusual situations. If you have twins, triplets, or a preterm baby, you can receive valuable support from a certified lactation consultant or La Leche League International. You can also get information on continuing to nurse if you need to be hospitalized for an illness such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, epilepsy, or cancer. Help is also available if your baby has Down syndrome, a cleft palate, or a mental or physical handicap, or if he must be hospitalized. For information or support, contact a certified lactation consultant or La Leche League International. You will receive specific guidelines, as well as help in contacting other mothers who have nursed in circumstances similar to yours.