Breastfeeding Through Illness

January 26, 2017

Breastfeeding Through Illness

With cold and flu season heading our way, you might be wondering how safe it is to breastfeed your little one if you’re battling an illness. We’ve got good news for you! You absolutely can and should continue to nurse even if the sniffles have set in.

breastfeeding through illness


You’ll be surprised to know that you can breastfeed through almost all illnesses. Whether you’re battling colds, sore throats, the flu, tummy aches, or fevers you should not stop nursing. Breastfeeding through your illness will help keep your milk supply from diminishing and can keep help keep you from early weaning. 

If you’re able, tuck your little one into bed with you while you’re resting. This way, they can nurse whenever they need to and you won’t have to get up every few minutes. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your little one, so rest up, Mama!


Viral infections are most contagious before you even realize you are sick. Because of this, your little one will already have been exposed to the illness. However, when you breastfeed, your milk will provide your baby with exactly the antibodies that they will need to fight off that particular sickness. Nursing babies are less likely to get sick with the help of breastmilk, and even if they do get ill, it will most likely be in a milder form.

Babies will find relief from any illness they catch with the help of your breast milk! 


Babies are highly susceptible to picking up your common viruses, so if you are sick, here are a few ways to keep your little one safe:

  • Wash your hands often!
  • Avoid sneezing and/or coughing on baby.
  • Limit face-to-face contact.

While you may be worried about being sick and nursing, just remember that your breast milk won’t transmit your illness to your baby. But, it will give your wee one the right tools to fight off the yuckies! 

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical expert, so if you become very ill, please be sure to see a doctor! Remember to mention that you are a nursing mama so that any medications can be adjusted for compatibility purposes.

By Myra Aslam @ Bliss Creative

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