Re: Is my milk BAD?
No, your milk is definitely NOT bad. Breastfed babies get sick like everyone else. It's just that the immunological elements present in breastmilk helps protect them from infection by some things and to helps them fight off some things (while breastfed babies get sick, they don't tend to stay sick as long as non-breastfed babies). But breastmilk doesn't protect your baby from everything - for some pathogens if you haven't been infected, you won't produce the proper antibodies to fight them so those antibodies won't show up in your milk. Also, while some of the antibodies in breastmilk have been identified, it's not know what the complete set of immune factors are or even what all of those immune factors do (in you as well as in your baby). And even given an immunity, bugs tend to develop resistances to our immunities so people in general (including breastfed babies) will always run a risk of getting sick upon exposure to infectious agents.
Originally Posted by @llli*mommylove
My son was sick all. winter. long. Not because my milk is "bad", but because he was around other kids being exposed to all sorts of foreign bugs. It's a drag, but it happens.
This is normal for a sick infant. How much do you eat when you're not feeling well? Just try to nurse him as much as he will accept, keep an eye on diapers to make sure there is no dehydration, and do your best to keep the fever down and keep him comfortable. A lukewarm bath can help bring fever down too.
He seems lethargic and earlier this morning wasnt interested in nursing as much.
I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try, but I think your current milk might be best; particularly if you were exposed to the same bug, but your body is successfully fighting off infection. In that case your current milk will have more appropriate antibodies for fighting the specific bug.
Also, I have some colostrum ( I think, its yellowish) from early on when I was ill-advised to pump ALL THE TIME and it is almost 2 months old at this point, in the freezer. What about giving him that to help him get over this more quickly?
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).