Common illnesses such as cold or diarrhea can’t be passed to the baby through breast milk. If the mother is sick, antibodies can be passed to the baby to protect the baby from getting the same illness as the mother.
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.
What can I take for upset stomach 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.
Does gassy food affect breast milk?
Eating such foods can cause gas in the mother’s bowel; however, gas and fiber do not pass into breast milk. Similarly, acidic foods like citrus fruits, pineapple, and tomatoes do not affect breast milk, as these foods do not change the pH of maternal plasma10).
Should I breastfeed if I have a tummy ache?
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 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)
What is the best gas relief for newborns?
Mylicon is one of the top pediatrician-recommended gas drop brands for infants. These dye-free, simethicone-based drops are safe for “even the newest of newborns,” according to the company. They can be used at every feeding — up to 12 times a day. The medicine helps move along a baby’s natural process of relieving gas.