It's flu and cold season here in Michigan but that doesn't have to stop you from nursing your baby, whether you are the sick one or the baby is you should continue nursing.
Your breast milk will pass along antibodies for illnesses you have been exposed too or are immune too. In turn your baby can also pass along a germ to you that you have not been exposed too and by the next nursing session your body will be making antibodies to protect you both from these germs.
If your baby does get sick it may not be as severe due to the antibodies in your breast milk. These antibodies coat the babies intestines to protect them and prevent the germs from getting through and making them sick.
If you are so sick that you think that you need medication your might need to remind your doctor that you are breastfeeding so they can prescribe something that is safe to take while nursing.
We never want to see our children sick and it is especially hard when they are little and cannot tell us what is wrong.
Runny and stuffy noses are pretty common in children during the winter months, if they are breastfeeding it might be hard for them to nurse with a stuffy nose.
There are some things that you can do to help them.
-Steaming up with bathroom with hot water and then sitting for 15 minutes
-using a cool mist vaporizer or a vicks plug in
- clear out the mucus using a nose freda or nasal aspirator
Continuing your nursing relationship is important when either of you are sick. Please keep in mind that you cannot transfer the flu or a cold to your child through breast milk. Snuggle up with your baby for some afternoon cuddles and get well soon.