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There are many advantages to breastfeeding that extend beyond nutritional value. In addition to carrying all of the nutrients and vitamins a baby needs, breastmilk is also full of disease-combating substances that can safeguard babies from illness.

Although breastfeeding is important, there are many women that will find that they are unable to do so. If you are one of these women, it is important you know that you are not alone and there are many factors that can be preventing you to do so.

Here are 4 signs a mom may not be able to breastfeed:

Post Delivery Infections:
Although it occurs more often in vaginal births, and infection called postpartum endometritis can also occur after a c-section birth. Typically, the infection appears 2 days and 6 weeks after delivery.

Symptoms of the infection include:
feeling sick
high fever
lower back pain

While postpartum endometritis is is treatable with antibiotics, it prevents mothers from breastfeeding since all of the medication ingested is transferred to breast milk and can put the baby’s health at risk.

Low Thyroid:
Low thyroid can lead to TSH – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone which can be secreted in breast milk.

Should the breast milk containing high levels of TSH be ingested by a baby, it can cause the same hyperthyroid condition to develop in the baby.

Symptoms include:
dry skin
poor appetite
reduced milk supply

Blisters and Sores
Nipple soreness is common for women when they first begin breastfeeding. Both the mother and the child need to get used to it, but that does not necessarily mean it should hurt.If you are experiencing pain while breastfeeding that most likely means there is an issue.

Also, if you begin to notice blisters and sores on your breasts and it seems as if the baby is sucking too hard on your nipples, that may mean you are no longer producing enough milk.

Hypoplastic Breast
Hypoplasia (Insufficient Glandular Tissue) is a medical condition where a woman is unable to produce enough milk.

Symptoms of hypoplastic breast include:
lack of fullness in breast
swollen/bulbous areola
asymmetric breast
breast don’t change or grow during pregnancy

Hypoplasia (Insufficient Glandular Tissue) is a medical condition where a woman is unable to produce enough milk.

Breastfeeding is a way in which many women can bond with their baby. Many women often find themselves feeling guilty if they are unable to bond in this way and they should not. Motherhood is more than breastfeeding and there are many other ways for new moms to successfully form a bond. All that matters is that mother and child are both healthy and happy.