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Old 09-30-2007, 10:25 AM   #1
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Sick mommy...is baby protected??? *UPDATE*

I've spent the last 24+ hrs battling a stomach bug. I managed to keep nursing my 5 mo old through it ( had no options as he's ebf w/no bottles ever and I've never bothered pumping any) and I'm wondering what the odds are he'll catch it now. Isn't breastmilk supposed to offer some immunity from mommy's ailments?

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Old 09-30-2007, 10:34 AM   #2
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Yes he is fine your milk has the antibodies he will need for whatever you have


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Old 09-30-2007, 10:46 AM   #3
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There was a thread similar to your question a little while back and a mommy here posted a webpage link that you might like to read. It was pretty informative! http://www.kellymom.com/health/illness/mom-illness.html
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BTW I hope you feel better momma
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I hope you feel better soon! I had a few stomach bugs while I was nursing ds1 and one with ds2. Neither one has gotten sick with a stomach bug while I've been nursing. Well, not from me, anyway.
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The antibodies should be there.

I've had a cold for a couple of days and DS shows now signs of catching it so far! I really hope he doesn't...
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Yep, your LO should be fine. Just try to keep yourself hydrated. I ended up in the ER to get fluids when I had my stomach bug! Hope you feel better soon!
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Acc. to that article that was linked, most babies are already exposed to the virus before we even know we have it. Breastfeeding gives them your antibodies that you develop to it so that they are less likely to get it or if they do, not as badly. I kind of thing the oxytocin that our bodies produce during breastfeeding will help with the healing as well as help the baby feel better. I just got over a bad cold and my baby would only go to sleep after/during nursing as he was so uncomfortable laying down most of the time. He did catch it a few days after me, but probably not as badly as I had had it and certainly not as badly as daddy had it! Feel better soon!
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:31 PM   #9
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Thanks mamas!! I'm FINALLY feeling better today...after 3 days of . I ended up at my Dr's office for fluids yesterday afternoon. I just couldn't catch up on my fluid intake with the combo of and nursing (baby got his fluids first). Still felt absolutely drained this morning. But my mom came over and helped me catch up on some housework, and just having her here helped me feel so much better.....aren't mom's great!! Baby seems fine, and should be showing symptoms by now if he was going to get sick. I'm praying now my hubby and other kids don't catch it. My milk supply seems a little low, but I'm sure it'll come back over the next few days. Thanks for all your well wishes!
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