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Breastfeeding A Sick Baby

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Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for you and your baby. But what if your baby is not well? Should you breastfeed your baby? The answer is definitely Yes!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits for your child and is more important if your baby is sick.

Here are a few suggestions on breastfeeding if your child is sick…

Increase the number of times you breastfeed your baby to meet the demands for growth as well as for quick recovery from illness.

Continue breastfeeding even if your baby is sick. Breastfeed the baby throughout the illness.

Even if your baby experiences jaundice, continue breastfeeding. Tell your doctor that you would like to continue breastfeeding.

If there is a problem for thebaby to latch on to your breast properly due to the sickness, pump or hand express your milk.

In sickness, babies require more fluids. The fluid from breast milk is better than any other fluid, including water and juice.

Breast milk contains antibodies (special proteins) that protect against infections and strengthen the baby’s immune system. In this way breastfeeding helps the baby recover from illness.

If the baby is too sick and is unable to breastfeed, try giving your expressed breast milk with a cup and a spoon or dropper.

Visit the doctor if your baby is unable to consume milk or is losing weight. No matter what, breast milk is the best thing you can give your sick baby.

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