If your baby becomes sick during breastfeeding it is also important to know that the best thing you can do is to continue nursing. By breastfeeding your baby through illness you are providing them with invaluable antibodies, and the best possible nourishment and comfort.
  • Diarrhea and vomiting: experts advise to continue breastfeeding. In the vast majority of cases breastmilk alone is sufficient and only in rare cases will require any additional oral solutions.
  • Respiratory illness: there is a medical myth that babies with respiratory illness should not be breastfed. This is untrue and you should continue to breastfeed your baby.
  • Jaundice: babies who are breastfed commonly suffer from jaundice for as long as three months. In most cases the yellowing of the skin is barely noticeable in most cases and is normal. With the exception of very rare cases breastfeeding should continue  
  • Cold and Congestion: babies who are suffering from a cold or congestion can often find it difficult to breastfeed There are lots of things you can do to make it easier for your baby to breastfeed while congested such as keeping your baby as upright as possible while breastfeeding, or try nursing in a steamy bathroom. You should also nurse frequently which will help your baby recover as quickly as possible.
Remember, breastmilk is specifically designed with your baby in mind and contains antibodies which will help fight illness and is also quick and easy to digest. If you have any questions about breastfeeding during an illness or while your baby is unwell always consult with your G.P.