Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Breastfeeding a Sick Baby {#BFBlogHop}

07 March 2013

Breastfeeding a Sick Baby {#BFBlogHop}

December 29, 2010. I remember this day well. It was the first day Charis was sick, and it was the day my cousin was married. We were in Northern Ireland. Charis woke up at 5:00 AM, at least 1 1/2 hours earlier than she had the previous 3 days. I brought Charis in bed so I could nurse her and we'd fall back to sleep. But that was not to be, I realized she was congested, her eyes were watery, and she had a moist cough.  

Being a nurse, I knew there were no medications I could give my baby. What she needed most, was what I already had given her everyday of her life: comfort, breast milk, and love.

If your baby has a cold or is congested:
  1. Nurse often. Babies are comforted by breastfeeding, plus breast milk has wonderful antibodies to help fight off illnesses.
  2. Nurse as upright as possible. When Charis had her cold, I ended up having her sleep in a rocker next to the bed so her head could be slightly elevated.  
  3. If need be, clear your baby's nose prior to breastfeeding, with saline drops, breast milk, or with a nasal aspirator, such as the Nosefrida.
  4. Run a humidifier in the bedroom. Boil a pot of water, with a few drops of essential oils {such as eucalyptus} to help relieve your baby's congestion.
Have you ever breastfed a sick baby?  If so, what tips can you add?
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