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Can I breastfeed if my baby has the flu?

Cynthia Vlasich
Nursing
Yes, please do. Breastfeeding provides excellent nutrition for your baby.  If your baby has a respiratory flu with a stuffy nose, you'll want to ensure they are able to breathe well through their nose as they nurse.
Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for a sick baby. You will be sharing your antibodies with him, which helps him fight infection. Breastfeeding will also help your baby stay hydrated. That's important because when babies are sick, they need more fluid than when they are well -- and breast milk is better for a baby than any other fluid.

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