If your baby becomes ill or develops a minor viral illness, such as a
cold, flu, or diarrhea, it is best to continue your
breast-feeding routine. Breast milk provides your baby
with the best possible nutrition.
If your baby is too ill to breast-feed, try
cup-feeding. With this technique, you feed your baby
collected breast milk. Take your baby to visit a health professional 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 to maintain your milk
production until your baby's appetite returns.
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