The Effect Of Flu, Cough And Fever On Breastfeeding Mothers On The Quality Of Breast Milk?
I am sick with flu and cough, does it affect me if I give breast milk to my child. In short, can breastfeeding be the cause of contracting the disease?
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Flu, coughs, and fever are most likely signs that you have a respiratory infection. Or, perhaps, these complaints all result from infection in another organ system that has flu-like prodrome symptoms. The cause of this infection can be due to viruses or bacteria. Often times, people who have a history of allergies can experience more severe complaints.
What is worrying about breastfeeding in mothers who are experiencing an infection is transmission from mother to baby. In your case, this transmission will certainly not occur through breastfeeding, but from close contact between you and your baby. Because, when in close contact, the risk of your baby inhaling mucus from your respiratory tract that contains viruses or bacteria, for example when you cough or sneeze will be greater. The immunity of babies that are not yet optimal like adults will further increase the risk of this transmission. So, it is not the breast milk that is the problem.
You should continue breastfeeding your baby even if you have flu, coughs and colds. Breast milk contains various immune components that can actually make your baby less sick. However, in order to minimize transmission, it is highly recommended to use a mask when breastfeeding. Also keep yourself clean, namely by washing your hands and cleaning your breasts before and after breastfeeding your baby. If possible, you can also express your breastmilk to be given by another person to your baby through the appropriate medium (not a pacifier, but a spoon or cupfeeder). That way, not only can the risk of transmission to the baby be reduced, but you can also have more time to rest.
If the fever, flu, and cough that you experience occurs for less than 3 days, you should avoid taking the drug carelessly, unless it is prescribed directly by a doctor. It is feared that the drugs you take can affect the milk you breastfeed your baby. Get plenty of rest first, drink more warm drinks, and consume foods rich in vitamin C. Avoid all kinds of allergens, such as cold, dust, smoke, animal hair, or pollen. However, if the complaint does not improve within 3 days, you should see your doctor immediately so that it can be handled further, ok?
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah