Breastfeeding while sick???

Melanie - posted on 09/30/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Is it ok to bf when u are a sick i have a horrible cold and still bf does he have more chances of getting if i bf him.

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Helen - posted on 09/30/2009

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but make sure that if you do take anything that it's safe, ask the pharmacist or a doctor, don't self medicate

Lindsay - posted on 09/30/2009

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When my daughter was still in the NICU, I was pumping milk for her and got a terrible cold. I was told to keep pumping and they would give her the milk from while I was sick, b/c it would contain the antibodies my body was making towards the cold and then she would get the benefit of those antibodies.

Leslie - posted on 09/30/2009

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I never had a problem with bf my son while I was sick. The only thing I know is that if you have to go to the dr's for it and they give you something you just tell them that you're bf and they know what to give you or if you need to stop for a few days. But if you just have a cold you should both be fine. I find that my son gets sick less frequently now (21 months old) and whether this is just due to my "super genes" or to my bf'ing him I don't know, but I like to think the bf'ing the whole time helped out. Like Jenifer said, you do pass antibodies to your baby when you bf.

Melanie - posted on 09/30/2009

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its funny how im always with him and he perfecly healthy ive ben sick for about 4 days now. and he is fine. ( wich is great)

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If you're sick, you were probably contagious before you even started showing symptoms - so he's already been exposed. It is best to keep breastfeeding, because that way he gets your antibodies to help fight off the virus. I've breastfed through colds and even high fevers with no problems. Actually, my son typically either does not get sick when I do, or he seems to recover a lot faster! I'm certain that the breastfeeding has something to do with it.

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If you're sick, you were probably contagious before you even started showing symptoms - so he's already been exposed. It is best to keep breastfeeding, because that way he gets your antibodies to help fight off the virus. I've breastfed through colds and even high fevers with no problems. Actually, my son typically either does not get sick when I do, or he seems to recover a lot faster! I'm certain that the breastfeeding has something to do with it.

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