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i have the flu but im breast feeding my 3 week old little girl. What can i take that is safe when nursing? Also should i stop breastfeeding her until im not sick anymore?

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Asked by mommy2be77 at 12:13 PM on Mar. 11, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • call your ob and the ped

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:14 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • yea call your ob..bc i had got the chicken poxs when my daughters was 4 weeks and he gave me medicine that dried me up so becareful what you take

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:18 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • you definitely don't have to stop nursing -- your nursing will give her antibodies so she can resist getting what you've got; if she does get it, it'll be less severe because you'll have passed along your antibodies.

    Don't take Sudafed or Benadryl, I know that much (they will dry you up and get the baby drunk) -- from an internet search when i was sick. When I called my ped, his advice nurse said "how about the neti pot?" it's a thing that lets you pour water in one nostril and out the other just to clear things out -- it did not work for me. They recommended I take NOTHING except tylenol, which was horrible, but I did survive... but it wasn't the flu, just a bad cold.

    Answer by madfoot at 12:25 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Don't stop breastfeeding. Your baby is already exposed, but is getting antibodies etc. from you!

    Answer by amileegirl at 12:33 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • What symptoms are bothering you the most? Tylenol for body aches.

    Answer by whiteroses82 at 12:51 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Keep breastfeeding! It'll help keep your baby from getting sick! Too many risks by stopping, then trying to start back up when you're better! Tylenol, rest, hydration - really the best things, the doctor won't be much help unless you get dehydrated.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:05 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Nursing is THE BEST thing you can do right now. Anything Tylenol is safe.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:21 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Avoid dairy while you are sick – it can increase the amount of mucus your body produces.
    Peppermint tea is great! Peppermint is a natural decongestant; just be sure that peppermint is the only ingredient.
    Honey (antibacterial) and cayenne pepper (anti-inflammatory) is the best cough syrup.throat soother.
    Emergen-C will help you stay hydrated and give you an energy boost; be sure to mix it with cold water. The lowest price is at Trader Joes, though it is sold just about everywhere (Target, Walgreens, etc.).
    Definitely get some Elderberry syup; it is a natural anti-viral that has been proven to be more than twice as effective as Tami-flu, and does not have any serious side effects.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:46 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

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