Breastfeeding with a Cold

A couple of weeks I woke up with a head cold. Hoping i wouldn’t get sick, less alone get Sweet Baby sick. My mother in law asks, “Can you nurse while your sick?”

So it got me searching. I love Medela for these questions! I found in most cases you can continue breastfeeding with the flu or a cold.

Source: Medela Moments

Why is it safe to continue breastfeeding while sick? 

Breastmilk gives your baby the best protection against sickness. The protective antibodies it contains help your baby’s developing immune system fight off infection and illness. In most cases, if you have a contagious illness like a cold, flu or minor virus, your baby was exposed to it before you showed symptoms. So, just think you’re giving your baby the best chance to fit it off. On top of breastfeeding, make sure you still wash your hands often, avoid coughing or sneezing near them and put hose kisses on hold for a few days (that was pure torture for me!).

When shouldn’t I continue breastfeeding?

Very few illnesses can be passed on through breastmilk, however its always best to check with your doctor to confirm. Some of these illnesses include HIV and septicemia (bacterial infection that has entered the bloodstream).

It’s important to note that not all medications to treat the cold and flu are compatible with breastfeeding. When speaking with your doctor, be sure to inform him or her of your wishes to continue breastfeeding. Also, contact your doctor before taking any new over-the counter medications.

My supply dropped while I was sick. What can I do? 

It is common for a mother’s supply to decrease while she’s ill, but typically it returns to normal once she is well. While your sick, continue to practice common tips to increase supply such as eating well, staying hydrated and pumping or breastfeeding often. This will help you maintain your supply throughout your sickness.

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