Common Baby Illnesses and Breastfeeding

Some common childhood illnesses

  • The Flu or the common cold.
  • Influenza.
  • Middle ear infection.
  • Stomach flu. 
  • Rotavirus.
  • Chickenpox. 
  • Measles. 
  • Mumps.
  • Hand foot and mouth disease.

Baby Illnesses and their Impact on Breastfeeding

Chances are, that even if your baby is breastfed, he/she will experience at least one of these common baby illnesses mentioned above.

Breastfeeding does reduce the risk of getting ear infections and stomach flu, and it strengthens the immune system so that a breastfed baby can handle any illness better than a formula fed baby.

It is recommended to continue feeding your baby while he/she is ill, especially if hospitalized. Some mothers might need to express their milk for their babies, but breastmilk should always be the number one choice.

Physically breastfeeding your baby is always best if possible, since most babies find immense comfort from being close to their mothers, even more so, while ill.


Top of baby illnesses page

More benefits of Breastmilk

Tracy Behr, CBC, CLD (CBI)
Reference: Breastfeeding councelor course through Child Birth International on the physiology of breastfeeding / Health problems in baby / Common childhood illnesses.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Recent Articles

  1. 17 year old breastfeeding - fantasy

    Aug 13, 18 04:34 PM

    I would never want anybody to know, but I often wish that I could still breastfeed. I would be mortified if anyone had to find out how I feel about it.

    Read More

Galaxy Breastfeeding Art

Get your breastfeeding picture done!

Contact GalaxyBreastfeedingArt on Facebook

Join us facebook breastfeeding page

Leave an anonymous comment

Your comment...