Sick due in 10 days

by Taylor Hall
(Baltimore)

I'm due with my first child in ten days and i think i have a virus or the flu im 18 and all my life i believed in breastfeeding im worried they wont let me breastfeed my little girl and have her eat from a wet nurse as i had to when i was little now i get sick a lot i don't want that for my baby will they let me breastfeed my baby and hold her i have spent the last hour crying because i wanna take care of my baby and bond with her please someone help me.

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Feb 18, 2013
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breastfeeding while sick
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Taylor

In normal circumstances (baby is healthy and not premature), it is recommended that a Mom continues to breastfeed while sick. Whether you breastfeed or not, your baby will be exposed to your germs, but when you breastfeed, antibodies are transferred to baby that can help fight off the cold or flu.

These antibodies can actually benefit baby right through his/her life. The other benefit is that feeding baby will be much easier for you, because you wont need to make formula or wash bottles…you can lie down and breastfeed.

If you are not feeling up to breastfeeding or if baby is premature, it would be best to pump your breast milk during this time to keep your milk supply from dwindling.

If baby is not breastfed while you are sick he/she has a much higher chance of getting ill. Many times a breastfed baby is the only one in the family that doesn’t get sick…and will usually have a very mild cold if he/she does get sick.

Things to do to avoid baby from getting sick while breastfeeding:

* Avoid coughing in baby's face.

* Wash your hands before touching baby.

* Limit kissing while you are sick.

* Limit the intake of antihistamines that can decrease your milk supply.

* Ask your doctor to give you breastfeeding friendly medication.

* Drink plenty of water to hydrate yourself.

Are you going for a c-section or natural birth?

If you are having a natural birth, chances are, you will get over the cold almost immediately after labor. I had a bad flu three days before I gave birth and immediately I went into labor the flu symptoms miraculously disappeared. I think it has something to do with the secretion of hormones or adrenalin while in labor.

Hope this helps

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