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August 25th, 2008, 07:27 PM
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I'm not sure if it was something I ate or a little bug but I haven't been feeling well today. DD is 2 weeks old and nursing well. Should I worry about passing bug to her? It seems to be getting better. I've been giving her pumped milk today but need to get her back on the boob.


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August 25th, 2008, 08:33 PM
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Nursing her is the best thing you can do - it will actually HELP her to KEEP from getting sick. Shes more likely to fend it off if shes nursing directly from you, getting the antibodies your body is developing. And even if she does get sick (which being in close contact with you is inevitable whether youre nursing or bottle feeding), shes going to fare better on fresh breastmilk.

Nurse her directly She'll benefit from it!


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August 25th, 2008, 09:09 PM
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You can't actually pass an infection or illness onto your baby from your breastmilk. Like Lala said, you will be in close contact with her one way or another, and if she is going to get it, it's inevitable no matter how you feed her. Fresh breastmilk is known to contain more antibodies though, which is why it's better to nurse her directly than to give her a bottle of breastmilk (It can also have an effect on your supply not to nurse all day, even if you are pumping). I came down with the stomach flu when DD was about 6 months old and she never got it. Do be sure to drink lots of liquids and take in calories when you can, because dehydration can cause your supply to lower, as can not eating. If you can't hold anything down and your supply does suffer, just do your best to nurse on demand and resume eating and drinking slowly, but when your stomach will allow it. Your supply should come right back up without much problem.
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August 25th, 2008, 09:26 PM
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Thanks. I just nursed her for a good 45 minutes so she is nice and full. I figured it would be ok but with her being so "new" I just wanted some reassurance.


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