Common Baby Illnesses and Breastfeeding

Some common childhood illnesses

  • Flu or 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 breast milk 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.


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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.

Other pages on breastfeeding problems in connection with this page on baby illnesses

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