Sick mom and baby, can I lose my milk?

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My baby and I both have a common cold. We've been showering and using a warm humidifier to help with the congestion, but all the mucous has my 3 month old avoiding food. We strictly breastfeed, and although he still attempts to nurse at his usual times, he's not taking as much. I'm worried that this could diminish my supply. Can a few days like this mess up my 6 months of breastmik only goal? Or am I worrying over nothing?

Any advice and similar situations to comfort are most welcome.

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Emily - posted on 03/31/2010

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It's possible your supply will dip slightly, but it should go back up as he gets better and nurses more. Breastmilk is produced by supply and demand, so if he's "demanding" more, you'll make more. I wouldn't worry about it. When he's feeling better, offer the breast often. You'll both be fine.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/31/2010

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if your baby reduces his intake for more than a few days you may see a dip in your supply. but since you already have an established supply, it will come back once he returns to his normal nursing pattern. When he starts to feel a bit better, be prepared for lots of catching up.

This really is part of natures design. when a baby has a cold, it is difficult for them to handle a heavy flow of milk, so nature backs off a bit. Instead, baby gets smaller, less powerful feeds. when he is better, he asks to nurse more, your breasts respond by resuming normal production.

Cavell - posted on 03/31/2010

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I just finished BFing my little one (also 3 months old) through a pretty wicked case of croup, and now she also has a slight head cold...she's just been a little harder to get a full feed into, which just means instead of every three(ish) hours, it's been closer to 2 at times. She's just now getting back to normal, but my supply has been fine. Like Emily said, it's a supply and demand situation. My daughter cluster feeds in the evenings and at first I worried that I wasn't producing enough, but she sleeps through the night most nights and I wake up fairly engorged.

Hannah - posted on 03/31/2010

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Your milk is going to be fine! The more you nurse the better!! NEVER stop nursing because you are sick!! Your baby gets your antibodies and the best way for your child to fight off a cold is breast milk and lots of it! No medicine on the market can do what that does!

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Thank you Emily Spearly. That was my thought, but I am very concerned about losing the breastfeeding battle. I am the last of the mothers I know of in my group breastfeeding exclusively and I'm doing my best and giving it my all until I reach 6 months. You've made me feel much better.

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