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It is natural to be concerned about passing a sickness to your child when nursing. However, in most cases, there is no reason you should not nurse when you are sick. You will continue to provide antibodies and boost your child's immunization if you nurse even when sick. You should not nurse, however, if taking medications for your illness unless instructed by a doctor (most medications should not be taken while nursing), or if your illness is passed through bodily fluids. In these cases, it may be harmful to your baby. If all you have is a cold, and are not taking medications, keep nursing, just make sure to wash your hands and try not to kiss the baby's face or breathe in the baby's face while you do so, so that you do not pass your cold to the baby as you would pass it to anyone else.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|