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I know this may sound silly but... Can diarrhea spread through breast milk?


Asked by Anonymous at 7:42 PM on Apr. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No. In fact, if you have diarrhea, or any kind of illness yourself, your body produces antibodies to that which then are given through your breastmilk to your nursling. The baby receives the benefits of your body fighting the infection, and often gets a lesser case of whatever illness it is because of it. Also, because breastmilk is so gentle for the stomach and the nutrients in it so bioavailable, it is the best possible nourishment if your baby does have a virus that causes vomiting or diarrhea.

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    Answer by Collinsky at 7:46 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • what? I don't understand what you're asking? do you mean you have diarrhea and you'd give it to your baby because you're breast feeding? then probably.

    Answer by WhatevaItTakes at 7:44 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • Not a silly question. When you're sick is the BEST time to breastfeed, just as collinsky stated.

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:47 PM on Apr. 13, 2009