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Can You Breastfeed Even When You're Sick?

Winter is here, which means that you’ll find yourself sniffing, sneezing and trying hard to resist catching the flu or a cold. But it is also inevitable to not feel a little under the weather during winters. As a breastfeeding mom, should you be worried that your little one will fall sick too because of you?

Did you know that you are the most contagious a day before you actually catch a cold, flu, fever or a sore throat? This means that your baby is already exposed to the virus before you even realize it. For your baby’s immune system to fight off the infection/illness, it needs protective antibodies. And these antibodies are present in your breast milk which means that breast milk is actually the best way to protect your baby against such minor winter-illnesses.

But this again doesn’t mean you could go ahead and shower your little one with hugs and kisses when you’re blowing your nose. Make sure to wash your hands often and keep germ-contact as minimal as possible.

So, what we mean to say is that if you’re breastfeeding, then continue to do so even if you have a fever or a cold. But if you intend to get prescribed medication from your doctor, do let them know that you’re breastfeeding so that they can give appropriate medicines. Most pills and syrups are breastfeeding-friendly but it never hurts to ask. Also, remember to drink lots of fluids and keep yourself hydrated when you’re sick, this will help in increasing or at least sustaining the breastmilk supply.

You can continue to breastfeed even if you have contracted a stomach virus and are experiencing symptoms like nausea, vomiting and so on… Certain rare cases where the mother will be asked to restrain from breastfeeding is if the mom is infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or has an active, untreated tuberculosis.

This only goes to show that breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition that will not only fill your little one’s tummy but will also keep him safe from any nasty infections and diseases. 

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