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Tips for Breastfeeding a Sick Baby Common Cold or Nasal Congestion. If your baby has a cold and a stuffy nose, but she can still breastfeed OK, you don’t Ear Infection. An ear infection can be painful, especially during breastfeeding.
Your baby may only breastfeed for a Stomach Bug. Should you breastfeed while you’re sick? If you’re breastfeeding with a cold, no need to worry: Viruses like the common cold do not pass into breast milk, so it’s safe to breastfeed (a good excuse for you to sit and rest!). Learn more about breastfeeding while sick, including over-the-counter medications that are safe to take while breastfeeding.
To prevent transmitting your illness to your baby, breastfeeding mothers should take the following precautions: Before breastfeeding, wash your hands with. Exclusive breastfeeding (meaning no other liquids or solids are given, not even water) for the first 6 months of your baby’s life is his most important protection from illness. Nonetheless, breastmilk is not magic.
It cannot always prevent illness. When a breastfed baby does get sick, he needs to breastfeed more, not less. It is recommended to breastfeed even when the food poisoning occurs. The specialists assure that the baby is not exposed to any risks in this case. If you experience stomach cramps, sickness, nausea and diarrhea due to food poisoning, the baby is still safe.
All these symptoms are limited to the intestinal tract. If your baby is sick, then this is the best time to continue to breastfeed as breast milk contains antibodies that can fight infections & illness and on top of that, breast milk is easily and quickly digested. Breastfeeding a sick baby is also very calming and will speed up a baby’s healing process.
You will know that your baby is getting better when they are more willing to breastfeed. Your baby is going to sick every once in a while. The key is to handle it calmly.
Don’t stop breastfeeding and don’t lose your patience. Remember, patience is key and with persistence (and your lovely breast milk antibodies) your baby will get well soon. If mom has food poisoning, breastfeeding should continue. As long as the symptoms are confined to the gastrointestinal tract (vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps), breastfeeding should continue without interruption as there is no risk to the baby. This is the case with most occurences of food poisoning.
If the food poisoning progresses to septicemia, meaning the bacteria has passed into. When you are sick, you and your baby will almost always benefit from continuing to breastfeed. There are very few illnesses that require a mother to stop nursing. Since most illnesses are caused by viruses that are most contagious before you even realize you are sick, your baby has already been exposed before you even develop symptoms (such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, runny nose, cough, etc). Breastfeeding While Sick with a Virus, Cold or the Flu Many new mothers do not want to breastfeed when they are coming down with a virus, cold or the flu, because they fear giving their illness to their baby.
They fear the baby’s fragile body will not be able to handle the illness, and they just do not want to see their new baby suffer.
List of related literature:
|from Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers|
|from Breastfeeding and Human Lactation|
|from Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies|
|from The Nursing Mother’s Companion|
|from Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review|
|from The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two|
|from Paediatric Nursing in Australia: Principles for practice|
|from The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 7th Edition, with New Illustrations: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy Through Weaning|
|from What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]|
|from Counseling the Nursing Mother|