Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Breastfeeding and swine flu

Posted on: August 5, 2009

When a mum is breastfeeding she is giving her baby the very best – breastmilk is full of antibodies and is therefore hugely protective.

 The Department of Health has issued advice on what to do when breastfeeding if you have contracted the flu.  If a mum is receiving antiviral treatment or prophylaxis, they are advised to continue to breastfeed as frequent as possible and continue to have as much skin to skin contact as possible with the baby.  Ensuring hands are washed as frequent as possible as well as limiting the sharing of toys.

For more information on breastfeeding and swine flu go to www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/Children/Maternity/Maternalandinfantnutrition/DH_099965

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