Keep Nursing Even If You Have A Cold

Have a cold or flu? Don't let it stop you from nursing your baby.

Breastfeeding moms who come down with the flu or other viral infections should continue nursing their little one even though they are ill, says Dr Dorothy Sendelbach, assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

"People tend to think that if you are sick, you should stay away from babies, but in this particular case it is OK because mothers produce antibodies in their milk that can protect babies from getting the same infection," Dr Sendelbach says.

She warns that one side effect to sick mothers who abruptly stop nursing is that they are likely to feel worse because they will become engorged with milk.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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