Is it Safe to Breastfeed if I Have the Flu?enparents out what the experts have to say.swine flu, H1N1 flu, breastfed, breastfeeding, breast feed, sick, flu, flu symptoms, virus, novel H1N1, influenza, swine flu center, h1n1 center, h1n1, got the flu, flu shot, flu vaccine, H1N1, swine flu, pregnant women, pregnancy, immunizations, flu center, swine flu center, h1n1 flu center, h1n1 center, influenza, flu season, flu shots, flu vaccines, flu symptoms, flu precautions, getting vaccinations while pregnant, pregnancy vaccinations09/11/200909/17/202009/17/2020Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD09/15/2020272d3012-edb3-4dc2-8982-1638b5494bb2<p><em>I've been having flu-like symptoms, and I might have the flu. Is it safe to keep breastfeeding my baby?</em><br /> &ndash; <em>Stacey</em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>While you're sick, though, protect your baby from as many <a href="">germs</a> as possible. Babies have a higher risk of catching <a href="">the flu</a> and having health problems from it. So:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="">Wash your hands</a>&nbsp;well and often, especially before touching your baby.</li> <li>Cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw it away.</li> <li>Limit close face-to-face contact with your baby.</li> </ul> <p>It's a good idea to wear a <a href="">mask</a> during breastfeeding to avoid coughing, sneezing, or breathing into your baby's face. Health experts recommend that anyone with flu-like symptoms wear a mask &mdash; at home if they're around other people, and when out in public &mdash; during the <a href="">coronavirus pandemic</a>.</p> <p>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 the <a href="">flu vaccine</a> for babies and everyone else 6 months and older.</p> <p>Call the doctor right away if your baby gets any flu-like symptoms.</p>¿Es seguro que amamante a mi bebé si tengo la gripe?Aquí encontrará información avalada por expertos.
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