I have an 8 week old DS and a 21 month old DD who is still nursing. She has been quite sick this week (got a respiratory thing from older DD). My question is--do I need to sterilize my nipples between when the ill older child nurses/before the baby nurses? I usually only let my toddler nurse on the side the baby just nursed on, right after he nursed, so it is usually several hours before the baby nurses on the side that my toddler nursed on last.
Is he still likely to catch whatever she has because they share a breast? It's too late for the current illness, but I would like to know what preventive measures are recommended for tandem nursers and illness.
I have also heard that the mother actually gets messages from the child via the breast and thus, my body would start producing antibodies based on the illness of my toddler. Is this true?
I would like reliable sources if anyone has any. I haven't been able to find anything I truly trust online yet.
Swmboa, Mama of DD, 9, DS 5, DD 21 mos, and DS 8 weeks, desperately trying to enjoy the chaos of my last baby-hood :).