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· Remember that the color, constituency and odor of your breastmilk may vary depending upon your diet.

Breastfeeding When Sick

You can continue to breastfeed your baby if you are sick. Your milk will provide immunities specific to what you have and protect your baby. Talk with your provider before taking any medications or call your Lactation Consultant.

Medications and breastfeeding You can continue to breastfeed if you need to take a medication. Talk with your health care provider and let them know you are breastfeeding. They will prescribe a medication compatible with breastfeeding.

Foods to avoid while breastfeeding Most babies are not bothered by the foods their mothers eat. Most breastfeeding mothers can eat as they normally would. Remember, your baby received those nutrients from the food you ate while in utero.

It generally takes about 6-8 hours for the food you consume to pass through your breastmilk to your baby. If you should notice the baby is gassy or uncomfortable avoid that food for a while and then try it again in a few weeks. If the baby responds in the same way, you may want to avoid that food.

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