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A 36-year-old member asked:

I am breastfeeding and i ate food that gave me a loose stool? should i dump my pumped breastmilk?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
No: Whatever you ate that gave you loose stool should not affect your breastmilk. You should continue to breastfeed.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: The fact that you ate food that gave you loose stool does not mean breastfeeding will give the baby loose stool or GI upset. And if your loose stool was due to a viral or bacterial infection, the baby will get antibodies to fight off the infection from your breast milk.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
No: No you don't have to pump and dump. Just wash your hands thoroughly when handling the breast milk.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 26 years experience
No: Chances are you just had some GI upset and not even a true infection. If you had infection it is spread by stool contamination not in milk. Good hand washing will prevent the spread of the virus.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 40 years experience
There are very few thing that will prevent you from nursing!
Oct 2, 2011

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