It’s that time of the year again. Flu season can be a stressful time for new mothers who are breastfeeding. The common misconception by most mothers is that they cannot breastfeed when they are sick. It is a very logical concern to have but believe it or not, most illnesses do not require mothers to stop breastfeeding! Whether it’s the common cold, flu, fever or stomach flu, mothers can nurse without worrying that they’ll make their child sick. A mother’s breast milk doesn’t transmit illness to their child but it does give babies antibodies that can help them fight infection. Maintaining your nursing routine while you’re ill is the best and most efficient way to help your baby stay healthy, while at the same time maintain your milk supply.
If you need to take any medications during breastfeeding, make sure to call your WIC office. Some medications can cause your milk supply to decrease. If you are feeling under the weather, drink a lot of fluids, rest up and keep breastfeeding!