Getting sick while breastfeeding

Virginia - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Should i be worried about passing on a sickness to my child while breastfeeding. Like the cold or 24 hour virus?

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Becky - posted on 12/16/2009

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I had a horrible flu when my son was around 3 months and a couple of colds since then and I continued to feed him through it, even though I was so weak my husband had to help me. Just try to down the fluids as much as possible!! And I second checking with your MD about meds, most of them are no good with BFing.

Erica - posted on 12/16/2009

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Your baby will not get sick from your milk. So, you should continue to breastfeed. BUT, You do have to be very careful about taking any meds for whatever ailment you may have. Some meds are not safe at all for breastfeeding. So check with your doctor first. Some meds will tell you right on the bottle. Also, Whenever I get a cold, I slip on a mask so that I will not infect my baby from being so close during a feeding. Hope you feel better soon!

Lara - posted on 12/15/2009

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Not at all, breastfeeding is actually the best thing you can do to protect your child. While you are sick, all the antibodies that your body builds up to fight whatever you have go directly into the milk, giving the baby a higher immunity to whatever illness you have.

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