HomeAnswersPediatricsbreast milkI am unable to breastfeed my 4-month-old son as I am on medications for my gallstones. Kindly help.

How can a mother taking medications for gallstones stop her baby from rejecting her breast milk?


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Published At June 9, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 31, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a mother of a 4-month-old. I have gallstones and I sometimes take Novaminsulfon to control the pain. Due to this medication, I could not breastfeed my baby for up to a week. When I try to breastfeed my baby he rejects my breast due to which my milk supply has reduced to what it was during the first weeks of pregnancy.

Kindly help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

It is understandable that you need to manage your pain, but it is also important to prioritize your baby's nutrition and bonding through breastfeeding. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below.

  1. Skin-to-skin contact: Hold your baby skin-to-skin as much as possible, especially before feeding. This can help stimulate your milk supply and make your baby feel more comfortable and connected to you.
  2. Offer your breast frequently: Offer your breast frequently, even if your baby initially rejects it. Sometimes it takes several attempts for a baby to accept the breast after a period of bottle feeding or not nursing.
  3. Try different positions: Experiment with different breastfeeding positions to see if your baby prefers one over another. For example, some babies prefer the football hold, while others prefer the cradle hold.
  4. Use a nipple shield: A nipple shield can help your baby latch onto your breast more easily, especially if your nipples are sore or flat.
  5. Seek help from a lactation consultant: A lactation consultant can provide personalized advice and support to help you and your baby overcome any breastfeeding challenges.
  6. Avoid pacifiers and bottles: Avoid giving your baby a pacifier or bottle, as this can make it harder for them to accept your breast.
  7. Stay relaxed: Try to stay relaxed and calm during feedings, as babies can pick up on their mother's stress and become more resistant to nursing.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham


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