We have all heard the reports about the persistent and widespread flu virus this year. With the virus going around, here are some helpful tips for breastfeeding moms.
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration is your worst enemy as a breastfeeding mom. If you do become dehydrated, begin drinking as much water as possible until your urine is clear in color, not yellow.
- Your milk supply will decrease while your body works to preserve your health. Therefore, you should try to keep up your calorie intake.
- You may take non-drowsy Dramamine while breastfeeding to help decrease nausea. However, pseudoephedrine can affect milk supply in some mothers. Consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
- Continue to feed your baby your breast milk. This will help prevent them from getting the infection. If you are extremely sick, you may want to pump and have someone else feed your baby your milk. This will limit their exposure, but still provide them with important breast milk.
Please contact your doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about what to do if you become ill while breastfeeding.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions or join us for the Breastfeeding Community Gathering every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Shannon Women’s & Children’s Center family room (3rd floor), 201 E. Beauregard.