Breastfeeding while you or your baby are sick

If you fall ill, you should continue to breastfeed or express your milk and feed it to your baby, as it still provides optimal nutrition for your baby and a number of other benefits on top.
When baby is sick

When your baby is sick

If your baby is sick, always see a doctor as soon as possible. But rest assured that there are very few childhood diseases that require you to stop breastfeeding.

If your baby has a cold, you should continue to breastfeed. Due to the close physical contact, you will be infected with your baby's common cold pathogens and you will immediately start to form antibodies. Your breast milk will deliver these antibodies to your baby and help them to recover from the cold quickly.

When you are sick

When you are sick

If you happen to fall ill, it is likely that there will be a way to continue your breastfeeding relationship with your baby. In some cases it might be necessary to temporarily interrupt breastfeeding because you are not well enough to breastfeed or because there is some danger that you might infect your baby. Ask your lactation consultant, midwife or doctor for advice.

Treat your illness only with medications that are compatible with breastfeeding. If you need to go to hospital, tell the staff that you are a nursing mother. Some hospitals may let you take your baby in with you. If you are separated from your baby, try to keep up your milk supply by expressing milk.

Ask your healthcare professional or lactation consultant for help in these situations.

 

Useful products
Useful products
More information
More information

Nutrition for moms during breastfeeding

Read more

Care for sore and painful nipples

Read more