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It's that time of the year for colds and illnesses, which can be challenging for nursing babies. Any tips or hints for new moms?
I know that DD likes to comfort nurse while sick, but sometimes is too stuffy to nurse and gets frustrated. A nasal aspirator can help, as does a warm bath. Also, I use a Vicks Vaporizer at night and it really opens her up. Also, a little expressed breastmilk in the nose can break up congestion.
We use the snot-sucker...I mean nasal aspirator...very frequently in our house. Sometimes I use it right before nursing because a) then he can nurse without getting frustrated and b) snot-sucking always makes him upset and nursing calms him down afterwards.
Stuffy noses are the worst! Des's last for 3+ weeks each time it seems. >
I usually would nurse Kate laying down, but when she's really congested she does better laying next to me with her head on my arm. It's a little awkward to nurse that way, but it definitely helps her breathe while nursing.
Another thing I didn't really know for a long while: if baby gets sick, yeah you'll probably get it too. But if you get sick first and baby doesn't contract it directly, there's a good chance they will avoid getting it because of the antibodies your body is putting into the milk.