Galactosemia and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Contradiction: Galactosemia

Galactosemia is a breastfeeding contradiction. Galactosemia is a rare word to come across in breastfeeding terminology. Babies suffering from galactosemia are unable to process galactose. Galactose is a simple sugars formed as a byproduct of digestion of breast milk and formula.

Galactosemia is a rare inherited disorder that affects about 1 in 60,000 newborns. Galactosemia is a recessive genetic trait and can be carried by one or both of the parents without either of them showing symptoms. If your family or your partner’s family have a history of galactosemia be sure to let your doctor know immediately.

Galactosemia is only detectable through a routine newborn screening check-up. What happens is that galactose begins to build up to dangerous levels and will eventually damage the liver, central nervous system, eyes, and kidneys. If your child is diagnosed then your pediatrician will prescribe a special diet for your newborn to provide proper nutrition.

Even with a positive diagnosis for galactosemia you child will still thrive and grow like any other youngster.

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