Saturday, October 07, 2006

Day 229 - Breastfeed While Sick

Today's first time parenting tip - Continue breastfeeding your baby even if you're sick

This may fly in the face of your instincts, but breastfeeding while you're sick can actually help your baby combat any disease he might contract from you.

Chances are, you passed along any germs or bacteria for the illness you've got before you even started showing symptoms, so your baby has already been exposed to what you've got.

Secondly, by the time you're showing symptoms, you're also producing antibodies to fight off the illness. If you stop breastfeeding, you're denying your baby the help he needs to fight that specific illness, just like you are.

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