But for those with normal babies who have caught an illness, breastfeeding is truly a gift!
1. You do not have to stop breastfeeding when baby is sick. While it is generally recommended to avoid dairy with a vomiting or diarrhea illness and sometimes with a respiratory illness, this is not true for breastmilk! You don't have to buy or make electrolyte solutions and then try desperately to get your baby to drink it!
2. Breastfeeding is comforting for baby. He will feel better while nursing. Studies have shown breastfeeding to reduce the sensation of pain in infants.
3. Baby will get antibodies for the illness from your breastmilk which will help her to get better faster.
5. If you find that baby is vomiting after breastfeeding, she might be getting too much volume in her stomach. When baby has a vomiting illness if there is too much in her stomach she is more likely to vomit. That is why they recommend starting with small amounts of liquids. You can do this by shortening a feeding time or emptying our breasts with a breast pump prior to feeding.