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Breastfeeding and Swine Flu

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So… since the last post… here’s what the boys did: they draped tape from one side of their room to the other and then attached newspapers to the tape. They also managed to wedge open my child-proofed desk drawer and find the plastic bag holding all of the buttons that have fallen off the sofa. The buttons I was saving for the day I would get the sofa fixed and cleaned. The buttons are now gone.
This is what happens when you decide to let boys be boys and leave them alone.
Anyway… we’ve all been sick here, off and on for the past month. Swine flu? Who knows. One of our kid’s schools was closed for a couple of days. The other school has strep going around.
Which leads me to the CDC recommendations for breastfeeding and swine flu. Click here. The bottom line is that if you or your baby has the flu, you should absolutely continue breastfeeding. Breastfeeding provides your baby with critical antibodies. From the CDC:
There are many ways that breastfeeding and breast milk protect babies’ health. Since this is a new virus, we don’t know yet about specific protection against it. Mothers pass on protective antibodies to their baby during breastfeeding. Antibodies are a type of protein made by the immune system in the body. Antibodies help fight off infection.
Flu can be very serious in young babies. Babies who are not breastfed get sick from infections like the flu more often and more severely than babies who are breastfed…
Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. Ideally babies less than about 6 months of age should get their feedings from breast milk. Breastfeed early and often. Limit formula feeds as much as possible. This will help protect your baby from infection.
If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.