Childhood Diseases

Posted by: ana | 2012-06-08


breasfeeding when sick

Hello, should I still breastfeed my baby if I am getting sick? I have a sore throat and blocked nose and I am scared, if it is a beginning of a flu,transmitting it to my baby, she is six weeks.

Expert's Reply



Yes,you can continue to breastfeeding. It is not likely that you will transmit the flu virus to your baby through your breast milk. Do not cough or sneeze near your baby and be sure to wash your hands frequently especially before touching your baby. In fact hand washing is the most important precaution of all.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-06-08

When you are sick, your body makes antibodies (soldiers that fight the illness) to what you are sick with and these are passed in your milk to your baby so that your baby is less likely to get sick with what you have.

Try and get rest while you are ill, it can help if you just climb into bed with your baby and have some water nearby and your tissues and a good book or the TV remote. Let baby just feed and feed and feed. Have the nappy changing stuff nearby too so that you don t really have to get up to change nappies either. This way you can sleep and rest as much as possible.

Some people might suggest that you express milk and they will feed it to baby for you - but that is a hell of a lot of effort and will mean less rest for you, as not only will you have to express three or four times to give baby milk by bottle, but while baby is being fed the bottle of milk you will need to express to maintain your milk supply and stop any engorgement and pain from missing the feed. Not very restful at all. However, when people make that suggestion, they are trying to be kind - they just don''t understand how breastfeeding works.

If baby does get your cold, keep his nose running with a saline spray and let him feed as often as he likes and it will soon pass.

Some moms find that a bit of panado to ease aches and pains and that stuffy head feeling when they have a cold helps, and also saline spray is soothing on the nose and steaming their head over a basin of hot water helps their nose feel a bit clearer. Soft tissues are always comforting too.

Hope you feel better soon.

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