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Health Information For Parents
I’ve been having flu-like symptoms, and I might have the flu. Is it safe to keep breastfeeding my baby? – Stacey
Yes, you can keep breastfeeding your baby, even if you take antiviral medicines for flu-like symptoms. A mother’s breast milk is custom-made for her baby, providing antibodies that babies need to fight infection. So, continuing to breastfeed can protect your baby from the infection that your body is fighting.
While you’re sick, though, protect your baby from as many germs as possible. Babies have a higher risk of catching the flu and having health problems from it. So:
You might want to wear a facemask during breastfeeding to avoid coughing, sneezing, or breathing into your baby’s face.
If you’re worried about your baby’s risk or are too sick to breastfeed, pump your breast milk and have someone who is not sick use it to feed your baby. Also, doctors recommend flu shots during flu season for babies and everyone else 6 months and older.
Call the doctor right away if your baby gets any flu-like symptoms.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
Learn all about protecting your family from the flu and what to do if your child gets flu-like symptoms.
Here are answers to some common questions about pumping your breast milk – from buying a pump to making the process a little easier.
Here are answers to some common questions about how to keep breast milk and how to clean and sterilize supplies, from bottles to nipples to breast pump parts.
Here are some quick tips for helping your child get over the flu.
The flu vaccine is usually offered between September and mid-November. Even though it’s best to get it then, being vaccinated later can still help protect against the flu.
The flu usually makes kids feel worse than if they have a cold. But it’s not always easy to tell the difference. Here are tips on what to look for â and what to do.
The flu vaccine is a good idea for all families. It does not cause the flu, and it helps keep kids and parents from getting sick.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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