Posted by: chez | 2009/03/12

breast feeding and flu

Hi. My daughter has flu and is breast feeding her one month old baby. can she continue to feed if she is not taking any medication? Should she rather use a fomula milk?

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their is a belief that during breast feeding the baby receives the anti bodies of the mother. so it should be fine but you need to monitor the babies temperature to make sure the baby does not get affected.

Dr Debbie

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Posted by: Purple | 2009/03/16

She should continue to feed her baby as she will be giving him antibodies to prevent him from getting the flu too or if he does get it, he will get it very mildly.

She can take panado while breastfeeding if she is feeling very achy.

If she actually has a cold and runny nose and not genuine flu, then the best thing to do for her stuffy head and blocked nose is to put her head over a bowl of boiling water, as the steam will help. If baby gets a stuffy nose, a humidifier in the room will help too.

There is a saline nasal spray called ocean chamiflor which is very soothing and is just salt water with chamomile. Mom and baby can both use it. It will keep noses running rather than clogging up which means secondary infections like chest infections and ear infections which require antibiotics will be far less likely.

She must wash hands regularly through the day and especially before touching baby. Her breast milk is the best thing for baby while she has flu. Formula doesn' t have these protective benefits.

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