Breastfeeding During Cold and Flu Season

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Breastfeeding During Cold and Flu Season

When fall hits, so do all of the expected seasonal bugs and germs! Brace yourself for the change in weather and the impending cold season with a few simple tips and tricks for you and your family. And, if you’re breastfeeding, keep in mind that your breast milk is specifically designed to provide the antibodies that your baby needs to stave off infection. So, even though it might seem counterintuitive, breastfeeding while you are sick can actually protect your baby from the disease that your body is fighting.

How To Protect Your Family During Cold and Flu Season

During cold and flu season, here are simple ways to keep your baby healthy. Remember: they are more susceptible than you, so it’s important to be diligent and extra careful!

  • Wash your hands often
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue (and then throw it away)
  • Limit close face-to-face contact with your baby if you think you’re infected
  • Consider recommended flu shots for babies and everyone else 6 months or older.

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