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breastmilk question

If you are sick or have an upset tummy or things like that should you still breastfeed? when should you not breast feed? (other then the obvious like smoking, drinking ext.)

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Asked by Nienna7477 at 11:57 AM on Sep. 12, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • If you are sick it is best to keep breast feeding you will give baby the antibodies for it.

    Answer by Raeann11 at 12:01 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • you should still breast feed

    Answer by britme1027 at 12:04 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • you should breastfeed no matter what except for the obvious like you said..but even if you have one smoke or one drink..pump and dump the milk for 24 hrs i think someone said.......some people said jus keep breastfeeding its better than nothing but i disagree with that part. anyways you should always breastfeed...even if your sick..because even though your sick..your milk has all the baby needs to keep it healthy and it builds up the immune system so it cant effect baby.

    Answer by momOF2Girls0710 at 12:08 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • The best thing for baby right now is for you to breastfeed straight from the tap so that baby can get all the immunities that your body has made for the virus you are fighting. By breastfeeding you will lessen the severity of the illness if not completely avoid baby getting sick all together. I hope you feel better soon.

    There are hardly any times where a mother has to stop breastfeeding.


    Answer by mama_l at 12:13 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Yes, it is important to continue to breastfeed when you are sick, as you are providing antibodies to your baby. You won't pass the illness through your breastmilk.
    Smoking and drinking are actually not reasons to not breastfeed. The risks of formula outweigh the risks of smoking and breastfeeding. It is recommended that moms who smoke breastfeed.
    Drinking in moderation is also not a reason to not breastfeed. If you are sober enough to drive you are sober enough to drink. No need to "pump and dump". the alcohol leaves your milk as it leaves your blood.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 12:27 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Yes you can still breastfeed, there are very very few illnesses that can be passed through breastmilk. In fact, HIV is the only one I can think of. For the normal cold, flu, upset tummy stuff breastfeeding will give your baby the antibodies and lessen the chance s/he will catch what you have. And I think maggiemom means if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. You can get the milkscreen strips, or just keep it to one mixed drink, one beer, one shot. (not one of each, one total).

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 12:37 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • I dont drink or smoke! I just knew if I didnt write those down someone was going to so I wanted to nip it in the bud

    Comment by Nienna7477 (original poster) at 12:52 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • actually those are the best times to nurse. it gives babies antibodies against what you have. so nurse nurse nurse

    Answer by piwife at 6:00 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • oh and is still better to breastfeed even in you smoke or if you drink then giving formula

    Answer by piwife at 6:01 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

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