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Q & A: Mother can’t breastfeed

Question: WITHOUT LOOKING IT UP: Which of these conditions is incompatible with breastfeeding?
A. Down syndrome
B. Turner syndrome
C. galactosemia
D. phenylketonuria

Answer: The correct answer is (C). Infants who are born with galactosemia, an inborn error of metabolism, are unable to break down lactose into glucose and galactose.

Although infants with Down syndrome (A) may need more time and patience to learn how to breastfeed, they generally can.

Although (B) is a chromosomal defect, it does not affect breastfeeding ability.

Also (D), though an error of metabolism, does not prohibit breastfeeding.

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