Last update: Jan. 15, 2019

Maternal Galactosemia

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Breast milk of affected mothers is normal for both composition and caloric content. Lactose is synthesized by an alternative pathway (uridindiphosphogalactose + glucose).

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.


Maternal Galactosemia belongs to this group or family:


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  2. Schadewaldt P, Hammen HW, Kamalanathan L, Wendel U, Schwarz M, Bosch AM, Guion N, Janssen M, Boers GH. Biochemical monitoring of pregnancy and breast feeding in five patients with classical galactosaemia--and review of the literature. Eur J Pediatr. 2009 Abstract
  3. Ohlsson A, Nasiell J, von Döbeln U. Pregnancy and lactation in a woman with classical galactosaemia heterozygous for p.Q188R and p.R333W. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2007 Abstract
  4. Ng WG, Xu YK, Kaufman F, Donnell GN. Milk produced by mothers with galactosemia. J Pediatr. 1989 Abstract
  5. Brivet M, Raymond JP, Konopka P, Odievre M, Lemonnier A. Effect of lactation in a mother with galactosemia. J Pediatr. 1989 Abstract
  6. Forbes GB, Barton LD, Nicholas DL, Cook DA. Composition of milk produced by a mother with galactosemia. J Pediatr. 1988 Abstract
  7. Kaufman FR, Kogut MD, Donnell GN, Goebelsmann U, March C, Koch R. Hypergonadotropic hypogonadism in female patients with galactosemia. N Engl J Med. 1981 Abstract

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