Topic Overview

If your baby has signs of a minor illness (such as cold symptoms or mild diarrhea), it is best to continue your
breastfeeding routine. Breast milk provides your baby
with the best possible nutrition.

If your baby is too ill to breastfeed, try
cup-feeding. With this technique, you feed your baby
collected breast milk. Take your baby to a doctor if he or
she eats very little or not at all.

Even if your baby does not have much appetite or is in the hospital
intravenous (IV) fluids, use a pump or hand express
your milk on your normal schedule. This will help you maintain your milk
production until your baby’s appetite returns.

Other Places To Get Help


La Leche League International

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women’s Health

Related Information


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017