Breastfeeding during infections and other diseases

During infection, breast-feeding is advisable, even during fever and runny nose. It protects the baby against infection. However, there are diseases that prevent breast feeding. Check when you can, and when you should not feed naturally.

You can breastfeed even if you:

  • suffer from various viral and bacterial infections of the respiratory tract (e.g. tonsillitis, flu)

  • suffer from diabetes, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism

  • are a carrier of hepatitis A or C, and even B after vaccinating the baby

  • suffer from mastitis (frequent breastfeeding is indicated)

Treatment methods are very important. Some medicines can be dangerous for the baby, and if possible, should be replaced with safe alternatives. Use natural remedies: herbal inhalations of chamomile, sage and mint, raspberry tea, onion syrup, ginger, lemon (if your child is not allergic to citruses). As far as painkillers are concerned, you can safely take those based on paracetamol or ibuprofen. Most antibiotics are also safe during breastfeeding, but you should never take them without consulting your doctor.

During breastfeeding you must not take aspirin, metamizole, medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Anticancer and radioactive drugs are also forbidden. Before taking any medication you should consult your doctor.

You can not breastfeed if you:

  • suffer from active tuberculosis, prior to the implementation of effective treatment (breastfeeding is possible after 4 weeks of treatment)

  • are infected with HIV

  • have infectious lesions in the breast resulting from e.g. herpes or syphilis

  • are infected with cytomegalovirus - with this disease you can not breastfeed a prematurely born baby, but there are no contraindications for breastfeeding a full-term baby.

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