FAQ About Breastfeeding and Thyroid Disease

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We always hear the message: "Breast is Best." As a result, many mothers-to-be and new mothers want to do the best for their babies, by breastfeeding. But if you have a thyroid condition, you may have questions about how to safely breastfeed. The good news is that, even though you have a thyroid problem, most of you can safely nurse your baby, or pump breast milk, whether your thyroid condition developed before, during or after pregnancy.

Remember, though, to always talk to your doctor and/or your pediatrician for the best recommendation for you and your own unique case.

One challenge: low milk supply and other breastfeeding difficulties sometimes result from an undiagnosed or improperly treated thyroid condition. It's particularly important that women who have breastfeeding problems have a thorough thyroid evaluation.

In addition to low milk supply, if you are having other postpartum symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, difficulty losing weight, rapid weight loss, difficulty concentrating, depression, anxiety, or the blues, you may have a thyroid condition. Find out if you could have a thyroid problem and not know it, in particular, a condition that is more common after delivery, known as Postpartum Thyroiditis.

If you had a thyroid condition before pregnancy or your thyroid condition has been diagnosed during or after pregnancy, you may have specific questions.

Here are answers to common questions about thyroid problems and issues regarding breastfeeding for nursing mothers with thyroid disease.