BF, food poisening and chicken pox(5 Posts)
Hope you experienced BFs can help me with a couple of queries i have....
have felt poorly today, tummy pains and feel sick. think it was the fish from the bbq last night. have fed my (almost 6 month old) DS today. will he be ok? he did seem a bit sleepy and not taking as much during feeds. not sure whether i am going to get any worse tonight, eg vommiting etc. what if he needs feeding?
Also DS has been in direct contact last week with a baby whose brother has chicken pox. how protected is he as i am BF? will he have my immunity as i have had it before? am going to france in 10 days - will he be ok to fly? i had heard that the symptons can take 2 weeks to come out. he is almost 6 months. is it not a good time to wean if he 'might' have chicken pox?
sorry for so many questions, am anxious about all these things!
I think that you carry on as normal with bf and food poisoning.
Dont think he will be immune to chicken pox. though i reckon if no symptoms you are ok to fly, we can't stop our lives due to things that might happen all the time.
I am no expert though, maybe someone else will enlighten us!
I don't think anything 'bad' from your possible food poisoning could get into your milk, so from that respect fine to keep feeding your DS.
In terms of feeding whilst you are feeling ill from a practical point of view, can your DH bring DS to you for feeding, and you feed lying down and DH be on 'stand by' to take DS for a cuddle if you need to rush off to loo. And if you are still feeling bad tomorrow and have DS at home, can DH take day off to do the same?
My breastfed was at nursery with Chicken Poxy kids for over 4 months (it was doing the rounds), she was the last in her section of 12 to get it, althoug she must have been exposed regularly during this time. However the worry if he does get it is how soon you could fly back - DD took about 9 days from first spots to all crusting over and so considered not infectious.
I found DD was really off her solids for the 2 or 3 weeks she was incubating the CP, just wanted toast or boob , so if your DS is going to come down with it, you might not get a great response to the solids. I found that breastfeeding was such a comfort to dd when she was feeling really poorly.
Heres hoping you feel better and your DS avoids the CP!
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