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Old 01-30-2007, 04:02 AM   #1
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breastfeeding with bad cold

I have an awful cold right now, and I have the feeling my baby is catching it -- he's been coughing in his sleep and there's mucus in his nostrils.

Anyway, I have enough frozen milk to last a few days. Would it be preferable to have someone else feed him the frozen milk rather than exposing him to my breath for frequent nursings? Also, is there any reason I shouldn't keep pumping and storing milk while I have a cold?

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Old 01-30-2007, 04:49 AM   #2
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Re: breastfeeding with bad cold

No, definitely keep nursing. Frozen milk is great as a stand by, but fresh milk has much more immunity building and cold defense fighting properties. I had the flu when ds was 4 weeks, and I was scared to nurse too, so I called his doctor, and that is what he told me. Feel better really soon!

Old 01-30-2007, 05:48 AM   #3
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Re: breastfeeding with bad cold

I agree, breastfeeding him will help to prevent him from catching it, or, help him to have a very mild case because he'll get the antibodies that your body is currently making for you.

Old 01-30-2007, 09:11 AM   #4
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Re: breastfeeding with bad cold

Perfect time for this post! I was actually going to post the same question today. I started coming down with a cold last night and have a full out cold today. The first thing I thought was... is DS going to catch it from breastfeeding?!

haha. Turns out its the total opposite! :P

Old 01-30-2007, 03:58 PM   #5
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Re: breastfeeding with bad cold

Well, DS does seem to have caught my cold, which makes sense. After all, viruses can travel in breastmilk as well as antibodies, right? So far it's not as severe as mine, maybe because he got the antibodies at the same time as the cold so the virus didn't have a chance to settle.

Anyway, is there anything I should or shouldn't be eating/drinking? I know when a toddler has a cold you don't give him milk because it encourages mucus production -- will my drinking milk have the same effect on my baby? Will my eating extra vitamin C foods help or should I give the baby vitamins?

Old 01-31-2007, 01:07 PM   #6
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Re: breastfeeding with bad cold

Keep feeding him just as you are and your diet will not affect him any differently than it did before he was sick.

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