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My 17 month old has had diarrhea 3 days. Is it ok to breastfeed while she has diarrehea?

Can ,I still breasfeed her while she has diarrhea.

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Note – it is virtually never necessary to temporarily stop breastfeeding during the course of a diarrhea illness.

    The following traditional remedies make highly effective oral rehydration solutions and are suitable drinks to prevent a child from losing too much liquid during diarrhoea:

    * Breastmilk

    * Gruels (diluted mixtures of cooked cereals and water)

    * Carrot Soup

    * Rice water - congee

    The current recommendations when vomiting or diarrhea is present in the breastfed child are as follows:

    * Breastfeeding should be the FIRST choice if your child can take anything by mouth. Because of the ease and rapidity with which breastmilk is digested, even if your child vomits or stools shortly after nursing, he will still have retained some of the nutrients. Other foods that are often suggested (such as Pedialyte, sports drinks, gelatins and sodas) offer little nutritional value and none of the antibodies that human milk contains.

    * When your breastfed child is ill you'll want to offer more frequent feedings -- this can limit the volume taken in at one time and helps to comfort and soothe a sick child. If your child is vomiting often and not keeping the milk down for long, it may be helpful to breastfeed frequently but limit the length of each nursing session (so your child takes in less milk at once). Another option is for Mom to express some milk before breastfeeding so that the milk flow is slower. RARELY does the baby who is allowed to breastfeed at will during a vomiting or diarrhea illness become dehydrated.

    The use of an oral rehydration therapy such as Pedialyte is a sound recommendation for a formula-fed infant who is vomiting or who has diarrhea, but using this in place of breastmilk offers no benefit to the breastfed baby. Human milk is a natural fluid, unlike formula and other milk products, that again is easily and rapidly digested.

    Forego the Pedialyte as long as baby continues to nurse well and as long as there are no signs of dehydration. If baby is showing signs of dehydration, talk to your doctor. Following are signs of dehydration:


    Breastmilk vs. Pedialyte

    When baby is sick, moms are sometimes told to discontinue or restrict breastfeeding and substitute an oral rehydration therapy such as Pedialyte. This outdated practice has been shown to offer no benefits to the breastfed baby, and can even delay healing.

    Your milk has four things that your baby needs even more than usual when he's sick:

    1. Antibodies to fight this illness - you want baby to get as much of these as possible. Encourage *more* nursing rather than less. Pedialyte has no antibodies.

    2. Liquids to keep baby hydrated. Your baby may not be eating as much because he doesn't feel well. Sick babies are more likely to nurse than to take anything else by mouth, so nursing is important to keep baby hydrated. Keeping baby well hydrated also helps keep the mucus secretions thinned out if baby has a cold or other congestion. So again, you want to nurse *more*. Pedialyte will keep baby hydrated, but so will breastmilk.

    3. Concentrated nutrients. Breastmilk is easily and quickly digested, so baby gets more nutrients and absorbs them faster. Pedialyte will keep baby hydrated but has little nutritional value. Again, it's best to nurse *more* since baby may not be eating as much if he feels bad.

    4. Comfort. Sick babies need more comforting - what better way to do this than at the breast?

    See the section above for more information on the use of Pedialyte in breastfed babies - Breastfed babies sometimes do need oral rehydration therapy (Pedialyte, etc), though far less often than artificially fed infants. The World Health Organization recommends continuing to breastfeed during and after oral rehydration therapy.

  • 1 decade ago


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes! Absolutely, keep breastfeeding. Breast milk is the best rehydration solution you can give your baby. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Breastfeeding in cases of severe dehydration in babies can save their lives. Definitely keep it up.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, that is the best thing for her right now. Plenty of rest and clear fluids also.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes you can. It's better for you to breastfeed. She will get your antibodies.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Huh huh huh huh! diarrhea Rules! he he he he!

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