Can I breastfeed if I have a cold or the flu?

Is it okay to breastfeed if I have a cold or flu-like symptoms?


Being sick rarely means breastfeeding as to stop. Colds, flu, and throat and ear infections are common illnesses that won't really get in the way of breastfeeding. Moms can treat these illnesses with medications bed rest.

Don't forget to ash hands frequently and avoid sneezing and coughing on the baby which will reduce her exposure to germs. There is no evidence that babies contract these illnesses from the passage of bacteria or viruses through breast milk. Instead, babies receive specific antibodies to protect against their mothers' illnesses via the milk, which greatly reduces the likelihood of illness.

Always alert your prescribing physician that you are a breastfeeding mother.

Flulike symptoms often accompany mastitis. Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast, frequently caused by inadequate breast drainage. Mothers who have muscle aches while breastfeeding should examine their breasts for areas of tenderness. The skin over the tender areas may be pink or red and may feel warm to the touch. If these signs are present, mastitis, rather than the flu, is the probable cause of the muscle aches.

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