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If your baby has signs of a minor illness (such as cold symptoms or mild diarrhea), it is best to continue your
breastfeeding routine. Breast milk provides your baby
with the best possible nutrition.
If your baby is too ill to breastfeed, try
cup-feeding. With this technique, you feed your baby
collected breast milk. Take your baby to a doctor if he or
she eats very little or not at all.
Even if your baby does not have much appetite or is in the hospital
intravenous (IV) fluids, use a pump or hand express
your milk on your normal schedule. This will help you maintain your milk
production until your baby's appetite returns.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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