When Breastfeeding Your Husband Is Not Recommended

7 Situations When You Should NOT Breastfeed Your Husband, Boyfriend, or Partner

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Can You Breastfeed Your Husband or Partner?

In general, breastfeeding your husband, boyfriend, or partner doesn't pose a problem. However, there are some circumstances when it is not recommended. Here are 7 of those situations.

7 Situations When Breastfeeding Your Husband, Boyfriend, or Partner is NOT Recommended:

You do not feel comfortable doing it: You should never feel like you are being forced to do something that you do not want to do.

Talk to your partner about your feelings and seek help from a health care professional if necessary.

You are in pain: If you have sore nipples, the suck of an adult can be even more painful than that of a baby. If your nipples are very sensitive, you have a painful let-down reflex, or your partner bites down on your nipples, you should avoid the situation. If your nipples become too sore or damaged, you could develop a breast infection, or it could interfere with your ability and desire to continue breastfeeding your baby.

Your breasts are severely engorged or you have an overabundant milk supply: If your breasts are engorged, breastfeeding your partner may feel like a relief. However, the extra breast stimulation can cause your body to produce even more breast milk and add to your already overabundant milk supply.

You are HIV positive or you have any type of infectious disease: HIV and other infectious diseases can enter your breast milk and pass on to your partner.

Some sexually transmitted diseases can also pass to your partner through contact at the breast, especially if you have active sores on your skin.

Your partner has an infectious disease, other type of infection, or virus: If you partner has a health issue, especially one that can be transmitted through the mouth, he can pass it on to you and your baby through contact at the breast.

Do not breastfeed your partner if he has any type of issue that can infect you or your baby.

You or your baby have thrush: A yeast infection can pass quickly to your partner and back to you. If you, your baby, or your partner develop any of the signs of thrush, call your doctor.  You should all be treated as soon as possible.

You Are Pregnant and High Risk: If you are pregnant with multiples, you have had a previous miscarriage, or you have a history of preterm labor, you should avoid any stimulation at the breast. Breast and nipple stimulation can lead to uterine contractions and early labor if your pregnancy is considered to be high risk.  



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