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

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
There are very few thing that will prevent you from nursing!
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No you don't have to pump and dump.
Just wash your hands thoroughly when handling the breast milk.

In brief: No

No you don't have to pump and dump.
Just wash your hands thoroughly when handling the breast milk.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Katherine Sutherland
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

Whatever you ate that gave you loose stool should not affect your breastmilk.
You should continue to breastfeed.

In brief: No

Whatever you ate that gave you loose stool should not affect your breastmilk.
You should continue to breastfeed.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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