im sick with a newborn, now what?!

Sara - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I'm just coming down with a common cold, ive had my flu shots (both) and am gettin somethin little, but i dont want my newborn son to get it becuz he's only 3 weeks and i breastfeed... so what do i do?!?

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Stina - posted on 12/14/2009

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I am always thankful to be nursing when I or my other children get sick because I know that the antibodies that my body produces to fight off my illness are being given directly to my child as long as she is getting my milk.



Drink lots of fluids- get as much rest as possible.



About a month after my recent baby came home, I was really sick. Fortunately my husband was home that day. He offered to give her pumped milk but even though I was puking sick, I asked him to please keep bringing her to me when she was hungry because I wanted to know that if she did catch what I had- she would have a milder case of it. She never did get sick. 8 months old and all she's had is a bit of a runny nose wich is likely because she's teething- not because she's sick. Both her brother and sister have been sick with one thing or another- and she hasn't caught anything yet. I credit it all to breastfeeding.

Tine - posted on 04/03/2011

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The flu vaccine has NOT been shown to be a particularly safe one, it has very little testing, and your Dr really should not have given it to you at this time. No wonder you are ill, you poor thing!

The best thing you can do for your son is to keep breastfeeding, good on you! :-)
Your body produces anti-bodies (blood factors that destroy the germs) against the illness you have, and these protective factors are passed onto your baby in your breastmilk,. This usually means that your breastfed baby rarely if ever gets the illnesses that you have.

The disease itself is NOT passed on to your baby through your milk. Formula does NOT protect your baby from illness like breastmilk does, and breastfed babies generally have far fewer illnesses than formula fed ones. My (breastfed) daughter had a total of 2 very very mild colds in her first year, while I had 7 or 8 in the same time span!

Ania - posted on 04/03/2011

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nothing breastfeed more because there are antibodies for your cold in your breastmilk. she is safe. Don't sneeze on her don't cough wash your hands. I slept with my baby when I was sick and he was fine. don't worry if you feel bad just take advil so you can mask some of the symptoms. Don't worry too much

Ashleigh - posted on 09/07/2010

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keep nursing!Wash your hands/sanitize.Just do what you normally do,just try to keep the germs down.Your Milk is making antibodies that will keep your baby from getting sick.

Mandy - posted on 12/15/2009

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Thank you everyone! I am experincing this right now too and that info makes me feel so much better!

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Nurse as often as you can.

My husband had a bad cold when my son was a newborn, but the baby never caught it. He washed his hands a lot and didn't touch the baby's face, etc.

Later, when my son was 3 months old, my husband and I both got horrible colds, and the baby didn't catch anything from either of us. He sleeps with me, too.

Sarah - posted on 09/07/2010

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I was sick when I had Miss Clara. I was coughing all the time but she never got sick. Keep breastfeeding her and try to cover your cough and wash your hands. Your son will be fine.

Dara - posted on 09/07/2010

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Wash your hands a lot and make sure to sneeze and cough away from baby. Breastfeeding gives baby lots of immunity from common sicknesses, so don't worry. I had four or five colds with my little one, and she got the sniffles once, and it lasted a day. Your baby will be absolutely fine.

Kayla - posted on 09/07/2010

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WASH WASH WASH!!
I also was REALLY sick when my baby was about 3 weeks.. if you have a fever try and sweat it out at night.. keep nursing.. itll be ok.

Donna - posted on 09/06/2010

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keep breast feeding. And try to keep eating. If you dont eat then baby doesnt eat( there will be nothing in your boobs) remember yur baby may get sick but he'll have a better chance at recovering if you keep breast feeding b/c you'll pass on yur antibodies

Sara - posted on 12/15/2009

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thanks everyone im trying to get better quick and he seems okay so far, but thanks fo easing my mind on this i was miserable from being sick and worrying... i appreciate it

Bethan - posted on 12/15/2009

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I was ill too with the common cold sore throat and cough for about a week when my baby was a few weeks old and was worried I would pass the illness on to her. I was advised by the health care visitor that the antibodys in my milk would be passed on to her to help her stay immune and just to be careful not to cough or sneeze arond her and wash hands regular. Hope you get better soon.

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Wash your hands often, be mindful of coughing, wear a mask when feeding, drink lots of fluid, keep on feeding.

Becky - posted on 12/14/2009

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Yep, just don't stop nursing!! The best protection is to keep breast feeding your son. Even if he does get your cold it will be a lot more mild than your's. And drink lots of fluids so your supply doesn't go down; he might start nursing more frequently to combat the decreased supply if it does go down, that's normal.

Kyle - posted on 12/14/2009

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take Vitamin C, 3-500mg caps in the AM and 3 in the PM. It will fight off your cold for you and it's good for you and your baby! Fights it off very fast too!

Luciana - posted on 12/14/2009

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Just wash your hands alot and dont cough around him... and hopefully he doesnt get sick.

Traci - posted on 12/14/2009

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I was super sick and breastfeeding. My baby never got sick. Erica is right on!

Erica - posted on 12/14/2009

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Don't worry. If you're breastfeeding, your body is making antibodies to fight your cold and you're giving those antibodies to your baby through your milk.

Jessica - posted on 12/14/2009

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Hand sanitizer, cough away from him, dont kiss him around his face! Hope this helps

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