The Influence Of The Mother Of A Former Drug User?
Hello, I want to ask my wife, I used to be a drug user before I conceived my child and now that I have been born, is it good to give breastfeeding from a mother who is a former drug user?
Breast milk is the best food for babies, exclusively until the age of 6 months and continued until the age of 2 years. Mothers who are ex-drug users (Narcotics, Psychotropics and Active Substances) can actually provide breast milk for their babies as long as they have undergone rehabilitation and do not use drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, if your wife is a former injecting drug user, you should make sure that your wife and you do not suffer from an infection that is transmitted through the behavior of sharing needles. Diseases that may be transmitted due to sharing needles among drug users are infection with HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. These three infections are caused by viruses that are transmitted through body fluids and blood. When using the same syringe in turn, there is an exchange of blood through the syringe.
Hepatitis B itself can be prevented by giving vaccinations and hepatitis B immunoglobulin injections from a newborn, especially for mothers who are known to have Hepatitis B.
These three infections often do not have distinct and obvious symptoms, so a screening procedure is very important.
Support and encourage your wife to screen for the above infection, if you have risky behavior. Consult this with the doctor. The doctor will perform a medical evaluation based on direct examination. Then the doctor will refer to any laboratory investigations needed to screen for any diseases your wife may have. If the doctor has said that your wife is safe to breastfeed your baby, then encourage your wife to maintain her health by consistently adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Read more about the benefits of breast milk for babies in this HealthReplies.com article.
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Greetings healthy, Dr Caecilia Haryu Aryapti.