As long as the symptoms are confined to the gastrointestinal tract (vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps), breastfeeding should continue without interruption as there is no risk to the baby.
What can I take for a stomach ache while breastfeeding?
A doctor may recommend a medication that contains loperamide, such as Imodium, Maalox Antidiarrheal, or Pepto Diarrhea Control. These are generally safe to take while breastfeeding.
Healthful options include:
- diluted fruit juices.
- clear broths.
- rehydrating solutions.
- isotonic drinks, which include many sports drinks.
Will my upset stomach affect my baby?
Your pregnant body has many natural defences that help protect your baby. So it’s very unlikely that your baby will be harmed by a short-lived tummy bug, even if you’re vomiting and have diarrhoea. Although your baby is sure to be fine, the same probably can’t be said for you.
Can I drink my own breast milk if I’m sick?
If you have a cold or flu, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting, or mastitis, keep breastfeeding as normal. Your baby won’t catch the illness through your breast milk – in fact, it will contain antibodies to reduce her risk of getting the same bug.
How much water should a breastfeeding mom drink?
As a nursing mother, you need about 16 cups per day of water, which can come from food, beverages and drinking water, to compensate for the extra water that is used to make milk. One way to help you get the fluids you need is to drink a large glass of water each time you breastfeed your baby.
Why does my stomach hurt when breastfeeding?
For a few days after delivery, many women have cramping pain in the abdomen at the start of each feeding. This is because breastfeeding stimulates the release of hormones that help shrink the uterus back to its normal size.
What medications to avoid while breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding women should avoid aspirin and products containing aspirin (this includes Pepto Bismal taken for an upset stomach), as well as products containing naproxen (Aleve). In contrast, acetominophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofin (Motrin, Advil) are not known to have any negative effects on nursing babies.
What medications decrease milk supply?
Which medications limit your milk supply?
- Antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Birth control pills containing estrogen.
- Decongestants and other medications containing pseudoephedrine, like Sudafed, Zyrtec-D, Claritin-D and Allegra-D.
- Fertility medications like clomiphene (Clomid)
Should I nurse a baby with stomach flu?
If baby has gastroenteritis (Norovirus or Rotavirus)
It is important to continue breastfeeding as your milk helps baby recover. The rule for feeding infants and children who are vomiting and having diarrhea is to feed clear fluids; breastmilk is considered to be a clear fluid in these circumstances.
Can diarrhea hurt my baby?
Doctors consider diarrhea to be three or more loose, watery bowel movements in a day. Persistent diarrhea can lead to dehydration and malnutrition. During pregnancy, this can harm the woman and the fetus, and pregnant women with severe or lasting diarrhea should seek immediate medical attention.