You can continue to breastfeed whether you have a cold, flu, or other mild respiratory illness.
If you are not feeling up to breastfeeding, you can ask someone else who is not sick to give your baby your expressed breast milk by cup, syringe or bottle.
When you are sick with the flu or a cold, your milk will not transmit your illness to your baby.
One of the best things you can do for your sick baby is to breastfeed often.
- Babies who are sick need more fluids.
- Breast milk is the best fluid for your baby to protect your baby’s immune system.
- If your baby is too sick to breastfeed, see a health care provider immediately.
For more information on feeding your baby/child in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.