Tis the Season – Breastfeeding when You’re Sick

It’s hard to be sick, no matter what the situation. It seems like there is always way too much to do, and recovering from illness is never on that list.  The feeling intensifies when you are a mother.  Who will take care of kids or the house?  Or you? These are questions that usually go unanswered.  Mom always seems to be it.

When I was a little girl, I remember asking my mom why she never got sick.  Her response was always the same “mothers don’t get sick.  We don’t have time.”  Of course, when I was 8 I thought that was a pretty cool advantage to being a mother.  Of course I know differently now.

This time of year, I get a lot of questions about breastfeeding when sick.  We are in the throws of flu season, cold season, RSV, sinus infections…the list goes on.  Not only does the concern hover around breastfeeding the baby and risking getting the baby sick, what can you take to help you feel better?  Doesn’t everything transfer to the baby?  What medication is ok?

And what about the baby?  What if the baby is already sick.  Does this alter breastfeeding routines at all?  Check out this week’s episode of the Badass Breastfeeding Podcast, and you will hear Dianne and Abby talk about what happens when mom and / or baby gets sick, and how to handle breastfeeding until everyone feels better.  For additional information, check out these tips as well.





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