“When the baby is sick, mommy is there for him. When mommy is sick, she’s still there for the baby.” As a mother, we always want to make sure that even when we are sick, we still do what’s best for our baby’s welfare. With that said, a lot of mothers wonder if they could still offer their breastmilk for their babies whenever they are sick. What’s the best thing to do if a breastfeeding mommy gets sick? And will their baby get sick too if they continue breastfeeding? Let’s go ahead and answer that.
•Breastfeeding While Taking Medicines
In the occurance of ordinary sickness such as fever, flu, sore throat, fatigue, headache and such, a breastfeeding mother should not stop breastfeeding their babies. If you decide to take medications, ask your doctor for a recommendation of medicines that are compatible and safe for breastfeeding. There are plenty of alternative medications for breatfeeding moms. So when you get sick and should take medicine, ask your doctor for a medicine which is safe for you as well as your little baby.
How Breastfed Babies Fight Sickness
If a breastfeeding mother gets sick (with ordinary sickness), the best thing she can do is to continue breastfeeding her baby. Once you are sick, your body produces antibodies for the specific illness you are having. If you would continue breastfeeding, you will be passing those antibodies to your baby through your milk. Thus, your baby gets lesser chance of acquiring the illness or if he does, he will not have it as bad as you do.
If breastfeeding is put into a hold once the mother is sick, the baby is more prone to get sick as well. Not only that, he will be deprived of the comfort and the nutrition he’s bound to get through his mother’s milk. What you can do though to prevent this from happening is to frequently wash your hands to avoid passing of germs and bacteria as you hold your baby. Avoid face-to-face contact such as kissing his face and nose to nose. Never ever sneeze, cough, or blow your nose in front of your baby. If you could, wear a mask for protection. Might as well breastfeed your baby in bed, in a side laying position so you could avoid holding your baby too much and prevent passing on your sickness.
Keep in mind that whenever you are sick and you take medications, there is a possibility that your milk supply will slow down so make sure to eat healthy food and drink plenty of water.
Even when we are sick, mothers would never ever consider jeopardizing their baby’s health. No matter if it would cause us inconvenience and it would be tiresome, we will still do everything so as long as it’s for our baby’s welfare. We still opt to do what is best not just for us but mostly to keep our baby as healthy as they can be.