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Breastfeeding when you are sick

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding when you are sick

Doctors usually recommend moms to continue breastfeeding when sick, because the extra antibodies in your breast milk can reduce the risks of your baby contracting that same illness.

Continuing breastfeeding while sick
If you have a seasonal cold, flu, fever, sore throat, or cough, you can continue breastfeeding your baby. In fact, many doctors even recommend persisting with breastfeeding. Since your body produces more antibodies to fight the illness, your baby will get such antibodies by drinking your breast milk — reducing the chances of the baby contracting the same illness. You can also continue breastfeeding if you have stomach aches, diarrhea, or vomiting as such illnesses are usually not transmissible through breastmilk.

What to do to recover and support your baby
Here are a few things you can do to recover faster and continue to offer good care to your baby.

When to stop breastfeeding
If you are taking medications for or have the following conditions, you should not breastfeed.

Other medications that should not be taken while breastfeeding include:

If you are uncertain about your health condition, contact your healthcare provider for further guidance and consultation on how to proceed with breastfeeding.

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