Support for breastfeeding moms

The dreaded flu

on January 21, 2013

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.


2 responses to “The dreaded flu

  1. Rochelle Jensen says:

    HI. ,My name is Rochelle. I was wondering if Implanon can dry up your milk supply? I got it a month ago and my baby is almost 3 months. They feel empty all the time and when she eats she crys after a lil bit cuz no milk comes out. Is there a way to increase my milk supply as I really plan to breastfeed for quite awhile.

    • Rochelle,

      Thank you for your question! Here is a response from our lactation consultants and a pediatrician.

      Since Implanon is only birth control, not a progesterone, it can decrease the amount of milk your body makes. These effects vary person to person, but you can try several things to increase your milk.

      1. Fenugreek- (if you are allergic to peanuts or chick peas it is not recommended) Take two pills three times a day. You will begin to notice a maple syrup-like odor when you urinate. After that occurs, take one pill three times a day. It can take three to seven days to notice an increase in your milk production.

      2. Pump for an extra 5-15 minutes after your baby feeds. You will not see much in the bottles, but this will tell your body to make more.

      3. Pump an additional one or two times a day outside of feedings.

      4. You should also eat a lot and drink lots of water, it is not a time to diet.

      If none of this works, some obstetricians can prescribe medications to increase milk supply.

      We hope this advice helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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