Yes. One of the best things you can do for your sick baby is keep breastfeeding.
Do not stop breastfeeding if your baby is ill. Give your baby many chances to breastfeed throughout the illness. Babies who are sick need more fluids than when they are well. The fluid babies get from breast milk is better than anything else, even better than water, juice, or Pedialyte® because it also helps protect your baby’s immune system.
If your baby is too sick to breastfeed, he or she can drink your milk from a cup, bottle, syringe, or eye-dropper.
If no expressed milk is available, you can give your baby milk donated by other mothers to a HMBANA-certified milk bank.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Not like we need another reason...
Not like anyone needs another reason to breastfeed, but in emergencies or "pandemics" breastfeeding will continue to protect the nursing child no matter the age, be it 4 months, 14 months, or 4 years...check out this CDC page: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/breastfeeding.htm Very supportive of breastfeeding. It even said "limit formula as much as possible" but I really like the response to "Is it ok to breastfeed if I'm sick?" Seriously, people, THINK. Do you think the pioneers pulled out a little bottle of formula if they as mothers got sick? Um, no. Of course it's ok to nurse while sick. This was the response that even mentioned milk banks, yay: