About Breastfeeding Special Circumstances

Key points

  • Health care providers and public health practitioners may need to consider special circumstances when supporting a breastfeeding mother and infant.
  • If you are a patient, you should consult with your physician to interpret the information provided.
Mom breastfeeding her child


Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for most infants. However, there are special circumstances that breastfeeding mothers and their health care provider may need to consider. These include various medications, exposures, and mother or infant illnesses or conditions.