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Hi All<br>
Got a question and it may be dumb...but our whole household has been sick for days and mama is dog tired and delirious!<br>
So I understand that the best thing for my sick 6 month old is for him to nurse--to keep him hydrated and give him his immune system builders, so I have been trying really hard to do that over the past 4 days. He seems to not be wanting to nurse as often as normal, so not only do I feel awful but I am engorged! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/sneeze.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sneeze">:<br><br><br>
So my question is--since breast milk is supposed to respond to what baby needs at any given time--but also responds from me--is the breast milk I pump now going to be ok for him to drink in the future? It sounds silly asking that--but I swear as I was lying in bed last night trying to get him to sleep, I had this whole thing in my mind that my maybe my milk was affected by me being sick and him being sick and so maybe I should dump any thing I pump now. Any thoughts?<br><br>
Also--as I am trying to keep us from passing germs back and forth and around the family any more--do you think its necessary to wash my breast after each nursing? Its seems dumb, but if it will keep him from getting any sicker and prevent it from lingering longer--I will do it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
BTW--we all have a really bad cold--sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, etc... I decided I am not sure if its endearing or kinda yucky to look down at your precious nursling and see snot stringing from his nose to your breast! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">:
 

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No, your milk won't make him sick now as it doesn't carry the germs you have but it does carry the antibodies....i believe. you don't have to wash your breast after each nursing...but wiping the snot off it is a good idea--whatever you all have, you have all been exposed to it and your immune systems should be working it out now so washing will not really do anything. I can tell you to avoid all processed foods, definitely sugars of any kind and dairy products. Sugar and dairy increase mucous production and sugar is really bad for your immune system.
 

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Provided that you're practicing good pumping hygiene, your milk should be just fine to store. There are always germs around and your breastmilk is designed to protect against them. There's really no reason to wash your breasts, if anything if may risk making you uncomfortable (and you don't need more of that!).<br><br>
As for pumping, I would suggest that you pump to comfort, but unless you have reason to be concerned about supply, not worry about pumping to keep up your supply. At six months, your supply is well-established and it will pick up once his volume increases again.<br><br>
The best thing you can do is get lots of fluids, rest and nurse your baby as much as he'll take with frequent offering.<br><br>
Avoid decongestants - even though they are "safe" for baby through BM, they can affect your milk supply. I always found that a good steam did us a world of good when we were stuffed up.<br><br>
And, cute is in the eye of the beholder - I'd probably think it was cute if it was my baby, but probably not someone else's <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 
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