Common Baby Illnesses and Breastfeeding
Some common childhood illnesses
- The Flu or the common cold.
- Middle ear infection.
- Stomach flu.
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
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
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)
Breastfeeding councelor course through Child Birth International on the
physiology of breastfeeding / Health problems in baby / Common
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