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Should I breastfeed if I have a cold?
25 doctors weighed in

6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There are very few reasons to stop breastfeeding.
The common cold is not one of them. Even though you may have a cold, you are still providing your infant with precious immunity via your breast milk. I.

In brief: Yes
There are very few reasons to stop breastfeeding.
The common cold is not one of them. Even though you may have a cold, you are still providing your infant with precious immunity via your breast milk. I.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Sure you can! make sure to wash your hands frequenty.
Most over-the-counter medicines are safe to take while nursing but check with your doctor anyway.

In brief: Yes
Sure you can! make sure to wash your hands frequenty.
Most over-the-counter medicines are safe to take while nursing but check with your doctor anyway.
Dr. Julia Sundel
Dr. Julia Sundel
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Absolutely! this is one of the more important times to breast feed, as the antibodies your body is making to fight off the germs are also transmitted to your baby to protect them. Try to get a bit more rest, and really push your fluids, because your milk supply may drop otherwise.
Also, be careful with medicine that can "dry up" your nose - these can dry up your milk as well. Fluid, rest, cuddle!

In brief: Yes
Absolutely! this is one of the more important times to breast feed, as the antibodies your body is making to fight off the germs are also transmitted to your baby to protect them. Try to get a bit more rest, and really push your fluids, because your milk supply may drop otherwise.
Also, be careful with medicine that can "dry up" your nose - these can dry up your milk as well. Fluid, rest, cuddle!
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. Melissa Arca
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, breastfeeding while you have a cold is completely safe.
In fact, since you were contagious prior to coming down with symptoms, your baby was already exposed. However, the good news is, you will pass antibodies to your baby through breastmilk that will likely prevent him from catching your cold. So, continue breastfeeding, but always check with your doctor before taking any medications.

In brief: Yes
Yes, breastfeeding while you have a cold is completely safe.
In fact, since you were contagious prior to coming down with symptoms, your baby was already exposed. However, the good news is, you will pass antibodies to your baby through breastmilk that will likely prevent him from catching your cold. So, continue breastfeeding, but always check with your doctor before taking any medications.
Dr. Melissa Arca
Dr. Melissa Arca
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes!
Breastfeeding with a cold provides no harm to the baby, where as stopping breast feeding in a baby who has done well with it can cause significant discomfort to you and a major stressor to the baby.
More importantly, if anything, the baby may be getting some beneficial antibodies to the cold from your breast milk which can reduce the chance of them getting cold. Feed on!

In brief: Yes!
Breastfeeding with a cold provides no harm to the baby, where as stopping breast feeding in a baby who has done well with it can cause significant discomfort to you and a major stressor to the baby.
More importantly, if anything, the baby may be getting some beneficial antibodies to the cold from your breast milk which can reduce the chance of them getting cold. Feed on!
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The antibodies that your body produces will help prevent similar infections in your baby.
Just wash your hands well prior to nursing.

In brief: Yes
The antibodies that your body produces will help prevent similar infections in your baby.
Just wash your hands well prior to nursing.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
A woman should continue breastfeeding, while she has a minor illness.
Most illnesses are transmitted by touching, or through the air by sneezing/coughing. During the illness, a breastfeeding mom can decrease the chance of passing the illness onto the baby if the mom wears a mask over her mouth & nose, washes her hands and forearms before touching the baby, and washes her breasts before feeding.

In brief: Yes
A woman should continue breastfeeding, while she has a minor illness.
Most illnesses are transmitted by touching, or through the air by sneezing/coughing. During the illness, a breastfeeding mom can decrease the chance of passing the illness onto the baby if the mom wears a mask over her mouth & nose, washes her hands and forearms before touching the baby, and washes her breasts before feeding.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Its best to keep breastfeeding to keep your supply up.
If you are taking any medications during your illness make sure to clear them with your doctor before breastfeeding. Wash your hands thoroughly before feeding to help keep as many germs away from your baby as possible. Follow good hygiene measures such as turning your head when coughing, and blowing your nose regularly.

In brief: Yes
Its best to keep breastfeeding to keep your supply up.
If you are taking any medications during your illness make sure to clear them with your doctor before breastfeeding. Wash your hands thoroughly before feeding to help keep as many germs away from your baby as possible. Follow good hygiene measures such as turning your head when coughing, and blowing your nose regularly.
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Daniel Rudolph
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Breastfeeding when you have a cold can actually be beneficial to the baby.
When you are sick, your immune system will make antibodies to the cold to help get rid of it. These antibodies will also get into the breastmilk and therefore will help protect your baby as well.

In brief: Yes
Breastfeeding when you have a cold can actually be beneficial to the baby.
When you are sick, your immune system will make antibodies to the cold to help get rid of it. These antibodies will also get into the breastmilk and therefore will help protect your baby as well.
Dr. Daniel Rudolph
Dr. Daniel Rudolph
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics
In brief: Wear a mask
Continue to breast feed.
You may want to consider wearing a mask. Also be sure you wash hands with soap and water when handling baby.

In brief: Wear a mask
Continue to breast feed.
You may want to consider wearing a mask. Also be sure you wash hands with soap and water when handling baby.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
The "cold" is spread both through coughing and sneezing and hand contact often several days before the symptoms appear. The breast milk may have some immune factors that may actually protect the baby.

In brief: Yes
The "cold" is spread both through coughing and sneezing and hand contact often several days before the symptoms appear. The breast milk may have some immune factors that may actually protect the baby.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
In brief: Yes
You may breastfeed your infant if you have a cold.
In fact you will transfer antibodies for that particular cold to your infant in the breast milk! of course you will wash your hands often and try to avoid spreading your cold to your infant. You can relieve symptoms of the cold with nasal sprays, acetaminophen, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if needed. Avoid oral decongestants as they may affect your infant.

In brief: Yes
You may breastfeed your infant if you have a cold.
In fact you will transfer antibodies for that particular cold to your infant in the breast milk! of course you will wash your hands often and try to avoid spreading your cold to your infant. You can relieve symptoms of the cold with nasal sprays, acetaminophen, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if needed. Avoid oral decongestants as they may affect your infant.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Breast feeding is entirely safe.
"cold" virus is not transmitted to infants via breast milk nor any significant amount of cold medicine mom takes is excreted into milk. It will be prudent to have a frequent hand washing and to take enough fluid.

In brief: Yes
Breast feeding is entirely safe.
"cold" virus is not transmitted to infants via breast milk nor any significant amount of cold medicine mom takes is excreted into milk. It will be prudent to have a frequent hand washing and to take enough fluid.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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In brief: Yes
Breast feeding helps boost your childs immune system and your milk contains antibodies that will protect your child from that cold.

In brief: Yes
Breast feeding helps boost your childs immune system and your milk contains antibodies that will protect your child from that cold.
Dr. Richard Lippmann
Dr. Richard Lippmann
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Yes, keep nursing, but remember to keep yourself really well hydrated! check with your baby's doctor before taking any kind of cough and cold medicine, even if it's "natural" or over the counter.

In brief: Yes
Yes, keep nursing, but remember to keep yourself really well hydrated! check with your baby's doctor before taking any kind of cough and cold medicine, even if it's "natural" or over the counter.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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