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A 46-year-old member asked:

Since i've had the stomach flu with diarrhea and i'm nursing the baby, will he get sick?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Likely: I would say it is likely but hard to be sure, especially if you were very diligent in washing your hands.
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Whenever someone in your house is sick there's always a chance your baby may get sick too. But whether it's you, dad or a sibling who's sick, the best thing you can do to protect your baby is breastfeed. After exposure to a virus your body will make proteins that fight the virus. Those proteins pass into your breastmilk and protect your baby. So wash your hands well and keep on breastfeeding.
Last updated Sep 7, 2018


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