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Frequently Asked Questions About Breastfeeding and Thyroid Disease


Updated May 21, 2014


New mothers with thyroid disease have many important questions about breastfeeding

The good news is that, in most cases, if you have thyroid problems, you can safely breastfeed, whether your thyroid condition developed before, during or after pregnancy. (Remember, though, to always talk to your doctor and/or your baby's doctor for the best recommendation for you and your own case.)

It's important to note that low milk supply and breastfeeding difficulties can sometimes be caused by an undiagnosed or improperly treated thyroid condition, so 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 post-partum symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, difficulty losing weight, or too-rapid weight loss, difficulty concentrating, and the blues, you may have a thyroid condition. Find out if you could have a thyroid problem and not know it, in particular, Postpartum Thyroiditis.

If you had a thyroid condition before pregnancy, or your thyroid condition has been diagnosed during or after pregnancy, the following list of common questions about thyroid problems and issues regarding breastfeeding for nursing mothers with thyroid disease.

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