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Old 01-07-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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What to do with pumped milk while sick?

I've come down with a pretty nasty cold. What's the general rule when it comes to milk that I've pumped while sick? Should I just toss it? And is there a difference in what I should do with it when I just have a cold vs something more serious like the flu?

We're not lacking in supply, so it's not an issue of desperately needing the milk. And the baby is still nursing, I just have a bit of an over-supply.

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Old 01-07-2011, 11:53 AM   #2
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Re: What to do with pumped milk while sick?

I used to pretend that my "sick" milk was my SuperWoman milk because it should have more antibodies in it, right?
Honestly, I don't know the answer, but I always still used it.
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Re: What to do with pumped milk while sick?

I used to pretend that my "sick" milk was my SuperWoman milk because it should have more antibodies in it, right?
Honestly, I don't know the answer, but I always still used it.
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Re: What to do with pumped milk while sick?

It's fine. Save it and use it. The only time you can't use it is if you're on meds that transfer to the milk. Talk to your doctor about that.
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Re: What to do with pumped milk while sick?

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I used to pretend that my "sick" milk was my SuperWoman milk because it should have more antibodies in it, right?


This is what I always thought too!
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Use it or store like you do any other breast milk. One of the benefits of breast milk is all the good things the baby can get from it. Breastfeeding while I'll helps your baby's immune system fight off the same germs. Your baby may not get your cold or only slightly ill instead of the full blown illness. Make sure any doctor you see is aware that you are breastfeeding so they can prescribe medications that are safe.
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Re: What to do with pumped milk while sick?

yea its fine... i donate my extra milk... and all the moms always want it! but its still good, also have a few extra anitbodies in it as well!
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Re: What to do with pumped milk while sick?

Thanks everyone! I figured it was still good, if not better, but wanted to check and be sure.
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Re: What to do with pumped milk while sick?

The only thing that would matter is if someone in your house is sick they ask you not to pump to donate to preemies, because of possible contamination on the containers.

Healthy babies, no big deal! You go girl!
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Re: What to do with pumped milk while sick?

Definitely use your BM even if you're sick. You won't pass any virus to the baby, and in fact your antibodies will help the baby fight off getting the cold from you. So, everyone here is right!
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