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Breastfeeding while having fever? Yes, it can be done!

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After a period of pregnancy in which you have had to face nausea, malaise, water retention, nasal bleeding – just to list a few of the things you`ve been through to bring your child into the world – everything ended well.

It`s said that ” hard times are about to start”, and, for the new moms, a delicate problem is the diet of the child. If you have decided to breastfeed and you can do it, then you have to be aware that even if you got rid of the bottle disinfection, you`re about to face other problems. After pregnancy, the mother’s body is weak enough, and adding up the tiredness the new mom faces, it’s no wonder that a flu, that before you would have treated it quickly with Paracetamol and aspirin, gives you real headaches at the moment. Since you cannot take medication because of breastfeeding, the flu doesn`t seem to be over so quickly and usually you start having fever.

Over the years, many women have been mistakenly told, especially by relatives, that they have to stop breastfeeding when they have fever. The decision to continue breastfeeding, even if the mother takes medicine, is more important than if the baby is not fed with breast milk. To stop breastfeeding involves risks for the mother, but also for the baby. Basically, there`s only one problem: could a small amount of medication added to breast milk make breastfeeding more dangerous than the powder milk? There`s only one answer: almost never. Breastfeeding after taking medicine is almost always safer. In other words, it means that the mother should be careful if she continues breastfeeding, but she shouldn`t stop it. The same arguments must be taken into account when the mother or the children are sick.

No matter what, from the very beginning, the mother has to talk to a doctor, since there are some diseases during which breastfeeding is not advisable at all. Also, we should not forget that some of the medicines we receive to treat a condition can pass into the mother milk. In this situation we must be very careful. You`d better go twice to the doctor so that you won`t risk intoxicating your baby. We give you only one piece of advice, before making the decision to stop lactation, make sure it is necessary.

We`d better talk now about whether or not you can breastfeed while you have temperature. There`s one main rule that you need to keep in mind: if the disease is caused by a viral infection, then you must continue breastfeeding.

We`ll give you more details about this. Once the mother is confronted with an infection, her body will produce antibodies and interferon that will fight with pathogens. These components pass into the breast milk, and thus, in a natural way, you provide the necessary protection for your child. If you don`t feed your baby with breast milk, your baby won`t have a microbe shield. Even if the mother stays isolated in another room, the viruses move and multiply quickly, so they will be present in the air throughout the house (apartment). Therefore, isolation of the mother in another room will not save the baby from a possible viral attack. Instead, only through breast milk you will be able to provide the child with a passive immunity and even if the baby gets sick, the illness will have a less negative scenario.

However, there are some common sense rules that should be followed when you are suffering, rules that should lead to a shorter period of suffering. Thus, regular ventilation, disinfection of surfaces and regular dust removal, maintenance of air at a temperature between 18-22 degrees C and 50-70% humidity are a must. When you are breastfeeding the baby or if you are close to him, you should wear a mask. Also, there`s another solution that implies using onions. Place small onion pieces in the room. The onion should be changed every two hours. Do not forget to ventilate the room; the smell of the onion is not exactly the room freshener you`d like to use.

As much as possible, be sure the baby’s mucous membranes are not dry. The mucous membranes from the nose and mouth are covered with mucus, which contains prostaglandins – a substance that protects the baby from pathogens. If they are dry (the room is too hot and dry) the microbes will pass easily to the baby. To prevent this, keep the temperature and humidity in the room within the limits indicated above. You should use nose and mouth hygiene solutions for the baby (Marimer, Salin, etc.)

However, there are situations when, unfortunately, the new mother can have fever due to other reasons, more serious reasons, which require inpatient care and antibiotics. In such situations lactation should be interrupted.

When coming back home, you can start breastfeeding again, if the baby also accepts it. With a little effort, however, you will surely succeed and rejoice over those unique moments.

Other times, the reason of fever is blockage of lactation channels. In this case, even if the milk is already produced, it cannot come out, and due to these reasons the breast grows and becomes firm and painful when touched. The skin may become red in the place the blockage occurs. Fever is the sign that there is an inflammation. The treatment consists in releasing the milk from the breast, either by squeezing, or by breastfeeding the baby at that breast. Contrary to the opinion of many people, there is no problem at all if the baby is fed from this breast; the breast is not harmful for the baby, as long as the blockage has not turned into mastitis. In this case the situation changes. If the mother experiences mastitis, she should consult a doctor who will indicate the correct treatment. When this happens, the milk should be squeezed because it is not good for the baby.

In order to combat fever, drink as much liquid as possible. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be used cautiously, while other medicines, such as aspirin, are contraindicated during lactation.

Therefore, breastfeeding when having temperature depends strictly on the situation, but in any case, in order not to harm your child or your own health, you should see a doctor.

Remember that stopping breastfeeding for a week or even a few days can result in weaning. On the other hand, it should be taken into account that some children may refuse to accept the bottle, so the advice to stop breastfeeding is not only wrong, but often impossible. Usually, the mother is advised to milk herself, but this is not always easy in practice, and the result could be breast engorgement.

The first question of the new moms when they catch a cold is whether they can still breastfeed. Our answer, which I have explained in details above, is “yes, they can breastfeed, and it`s recommended to do so.” In this case, the body began to produce antibodies against the disease, which would also be transmitted to the baby, strengthening its immunity. The only thing you need to be careful about is the medicine you take during this period.

Natural treatments for cold during breastfeeding

Treatment for cold during breastfeeding should follow the same rules as during pregnancy. Everything you consume is transmitted to the baby through milk, so it is advisable to use only natural and safe remedies. Below, we’ll try to introduce some solutions that will make your suffering a little bit easier.

First of all, you should hydrate with fruit juices and medicinal teas. Chamomile, Ginger, Elderflower or Echinacea teas are safe.

Treat your throat with homemade honey and black radish syrups. Gargle lukewarm water and salt in which you drop Savory, Sage or Calendula oil.

The stuffy nose is treated with steam inhalation. If you add strong aromatic plants or essential oils such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Savory, the problem is almost solved. You can also clear your nose by spraying homemade water and salt solutions.

Do not forget to rest longer than usual because your body needs resources to fight the disease! Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins. Although their smell is not that good, onion and garlic are natural antibiotics that normally treat cold very well, but they are not recommended during breastfeeding because they can alter the taste of the milk. And there`s a risk for your baby to refuse breastfeeding.

In addition, pay attention to hygiene: wash your hands before holding the baby, avoid face-to-face contact, and, if possible, put on a medical mask when you change his clothes or when you breastfeed him.

If you follow these tips, you will have the surprise to find out that the baby is the only one in the house that does not catch a cold. Or, under the worst case scenario, the baby will be the only one having mild and passing symptoms.

In conclusion, you need to know that very few maternal diseases require interrupting breastfeeding. This thing is true for infections that the mother may have, infections being the most common type of illness for which mothers have been advised to stop breastfeeding. Viruses are the cause of most infections, and these infections occur before the mother has the idea of ​​being sick. When the mother has fever (running nose, diarrhea, cough, rash or vomiting symptoms etc.), she has already passed the infection to her baby. However, breastfeeding protects the child from infections, and mother should continue breastfeeding in order to protect her baby. If the baby does not get sick, this being possible as well, it is likely for him to feel worse if breastfeeding stops. But often mothers are pleasantly surprised by the fact that babies do not get sick. They were protected thanks to breastfeeding, thanks to the new mother`s decision to continue breastfeeding. On the same grounds, there`s also no reason to worry in case of bacterial infections (throat streptococcus).

 

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Food diversification

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For the new parents, who are having their first child, everything is happening quickly. Each stage, starting with the moment she gets pregnant, comes with a multitude of questions and numerous answers that parents simply have to listen to, sort and apply only the most suitable ones. So, if it seems complicated and difficult in general, the stage we call Food Diversification comes with even more questions. For this reason, many of us are afraid of this period and consider it crucial in the growth and development of the baby.

We have already discussed in details in the articles from diversificarealabebelusi.ro about when and how food diversification begins.

In addition, most of the times, the greatest ally is the pediatrician, the person who has known the baby from the very first moments of his life. He can certainly make the best recommendations, regardless of their nature.

However, in order to help new mums, we have created this DIVERSIFICATION TABLE, this scheme that will prove to be very useful, based on the stage of growth you are experiencing.

In the Food Diversification Table you will find the main age groups as well as the foods you can introduce in the baby`s diet. Keep in mind that you have to take into account the three-day rule, which I also explained.

FOOD DIVERSIFICATION at 3 months

Foods allowed at 3 months:

  • Maternal milk;
  • Formula milk.
  • Other foods allowed at 3 months: NO

FOOD DIVERSIFICATION at 4 months

Foods allowed at 4 months:

  • Maternal milk;
  • Formula milk;
  • Fruits juices – only on doctor’s recommendation;
  • Cereals – only on doctor’s recommendation;
  • Cheese (fresh cheese made at home) – only at the doctor’s recommendation;
  • Vegetables – only at the doctor’s recommendation
  • Other foods allowed at 4 months: NO

FOOD DIVERSIFICATION at 5 months

Foods allowed at 5 months:

  • Maternal milk;
  • Formula milk;
  • Fruits juices – only on doctor’s recommendation;
  • Cereals – only on doctor’s recommendation;
  • Cheese (fresh cheese made at home) – only at the doctor’s recommendation;
  • Vegetables – only at the doctor’s recommendation.
  • Other foods allowed at 5 months: NO

FOOD DIVERSIFICATION at 6 months

Milk allowed at 6 months:

  • Maternal milk;
  • Formula milk;
  • Calcium cheese (fresh cheese made at home);
  • Yogurt (made at home);
  • Cream.

Fruits allowed at 6 months:

  • Apples;
  • Pears;
  • Peaches;
  • Nectarines;
  • Avocadoes;
  • Oranges;
  • Bananas;
  • Mangoes;
  • Plums;
  • Apricots;
  • Grapes;
  • Raisins;
  • Cherries;
  • Sour cherry;
  • Quinces;
  • Melon.

Vegetables allowed 6 months:

  • Parsley roots;
  • Potatoes;
  • Sweet potatoes;
  • Carrots;
  • Parsnip;
  • Zucchini;
  • Beetroot;
  • Cauliflower;
  • Green beans;
  • Onion;
  • Broccoli.

Cereals allowed at 6 months:

  • Rice;
  • Millet;
  • Buckwheat;
  • Wheat;
  • Oat;
  • Tapioca;
  • Rye;
  • Barley;
  • Maize.

Meat allowed at 6 months:

  • Chicken;
  • Turkey;
  • Chicken livers.

Eggs allowed at 6 months:

1/4 egg yolk (maximum 2 eggs per week).

Other foods allowed at 6 months:

  • Borsch;
  • Basil;
  • Caraway;
  • Thyme;
  • Dill;
  • Lovage;
  • Orache spinach;
  • Rosemary;
  • Oil;
  • Vanilla;
  • Chestnuts;
  • Biscuits;
  • Sesame seeds;
  • Nuts;
  • Cinnamon;
  • Cocoa.

FOOD DIVERSIFICATION at 7 months

Milk allowed at 7 months:

  • Maternal milk;
  • Formula;
  • Calcium cheese (fresh cheese made at home);
  • Yogurt made at home;
  • Sour cream.

Fruits allowed at 7 months:

  • Apples;
  • Pears;
  • Peaches;
  • Nectarines;
  • Avocadoes;
  • Oranges;
  • Bananas;
  • Mangoes;
  • Plums;
  • Apricots;
  • Grapes;
  • Raisins;
  • Cherries;
  • Sour cherry;
  • Quinces;
  • Melon.

Vegetables allowed at 7 months:

  • Parsley roots;
  • Potatoes;
  • Sweet potatoes;
  • Carrots;
  • Parsnip;
  • Zucchini;
  • Beetroot;
  • Cauliflower;
  • Green beans;
  • Onion;
  • Broccoli.

Cereals allowed at 7 months:

  • Rice;
  • Millet;
  • Buckwheat;
  • Wheat;
  • Oat;
  • Tapioca;
  • Rye;
  • Barley;
  • Maize.

Meat allowed at 7 months:

Chicken;

Turkey;

Chicken livers.

Eggs allowed at 7 months:

1/4 egg yolk (maximum 2 eggs per week).

Other foods allowed at 7 months:

  • Borsch;
  • Basil;
  • Caraway;
  • Thyme;
  • Dill;
  • Lovage;
  • Orache spinach;
  • Rosemary;
  • Oil;
  • Vanilla;
  • Chestnuts;
  • Biscuits;
  • Sesame seeds;
  • Nuts;
  • Cinnamon;
  • Cocoa.

FOOD DIVERSIFICATION at 8 months

  • Milk allowed at 8 months:
  • Maternal milk;
  • Formula;
  • Calcium cheese (fresh cheese made at home);
  • Yogurt made at home;
  • Sour cream.

Fruits allowed at 8 months:

  • Apples;
  • Pears;
  • Peaches;
  • Nectarines;
  • Avocadoes;
  • Oranges;
  • Bananas;
  • Mangoes;
  • Plums;
  • Apricots;
  • Grapes;
  • Raisins;
  • Cherries;
  • Sour cherry;
  • Quinces;
  • Melon.

Vegetables allowed at 8 months:

  • Parsley root;
  • Potatoes;
  • Sweet potatoes;
  • Carrot;
  • Parsnip;
  • Pumpkins;
  • Beet;
  • Cauliflower;
  • Green peas;
  • Onion;
  • Broccoli.

Cereals allowed at 8 months:

  • Rice;
  • Millet;
  • Buckwheat;
  • Wheat;
  • Oat;
  • Tapioca;
  • Rye;
  • Barley;
  • Maize.

Meat allowed at 8 months:

  • Chicken;
  • Turkey;
  • Chicken livers.

Eggs allowed at 8 months:

1/4 egg yolk (maximum 2 eggs per week).

Other foods allowed at 8 months:

  • Borsch;
  • Basil;
  • Caraway;
  • Thyme;
  • Dill;
  • Lovage;
  • Orache spinach;
  • Rosemary;
  • Oil;
  • Vanilla;
  • Chestnuts;
  • Biscuits;
  • Sesame seeds;
  • Nuts;
  • Cinnamon;
  • Cocoa.

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The clues in the baby’s stool that show us if the food diversification program we`ve chosen is the right one! Here’s what you have to pay attention to!

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Once the diversification has started, the problems continue to happen. Starting with this great adventure of raising a baby who does not communicate, does not eat on his own, does not sleep unless he is cradled, any mother is advised to pay attention to her baby. And it is also advised to pay attention to his stools as well.

From the very first day, when the baby is breastfed, till you have started the diversification program, you should pay attention to the baby`s stool. Maybe it seems quite uncomfortable to analyze the color, the texture and the frequency of his stool, but that’s how you can get the merits of a mother who knows her profession. Whenever you do this, you will know if your baby has a medical problem, if he or she suffers from an allergy, has diarrhea or is constipated, thus knowing the causes of such problems. You will know when to stop giving him a particular food, but also when to give him a medicine that will help his stomach.

Let`s start with the beginning!

Of course, we are at the stage of diversifying the baby’s diet, but maybe, who knows, there are mothers who want a brother for the one who is already experiencing the taste of solid foods, or maybe many mums try to get acquainted with diversification, though they have just given birth to their babies.

The baby’s first stool is quite sticky, dark green. This occurs because the baby removes the meconium, a substance he swallowed during his stay in his mother’s womb. So, this time, the texture or the color of his stool should not scare you.

In breastfeeding, the baby’s stool is quite different from that of a baby fed with formula milk. Usually, its color is yellow mustard and it is quite soft. In addition, you should know that a baby who receives breast milk will most certainly have many stools, almost after each milk meal, and this does not mean that he or she suffers from diarrhea.

The baby who is fed with formula milk does not have so many stools, so his mother will change only up to three dirty diapers. The color of the stool is darker, being firm in terms of consistency, and sometimes, due to iron, it may be greenish.

As time passes, the baby’s stools will be fewer and fewer. Besides, there may be a possibility for the baby to suffer from constipation, another quite unpleasant situation for any mother.

Let’s go back to diversification!

Solid food brings a change in the shape and structure of the baby’s stools. Typically, the introduction of solid food may have a significant influence on the frequency of his stools. Usually, baby`s stool gets darker and smelly, being harder than before. The color of the stool may resemble with what the baby has eaten, so do not worry if it is yellow or even orange … he probably ate more carrots.

The biggest problems arise during the diversification of the baby’s diet. The baby can pass from diarrhea to constipation, especially if the mother is not careful and mixes the food in a totally inappropriate way. Milk or food allergies, changing mother’s diet during breastfeeding, taking medications that cause diarrhea as an adverse effect, introducing too much juice in the diet may cause undesirable effects for your baby. He may suffer from diarrhea. However, it is not excluded that the presence of a digestive virus may cause severe diarrhea.

In the situations mentioned above, it is advisable to be careful and to hydrate your baby as much as possible. Monitoring is another condition that a new mum must meet. If the baby’s condition is getting worse, if he vomits or there are blood stains in his stools, you must go see a doctor. Diarrhea should be carefully investigated because it can be extremely dangerous.

Constipation is also very frequent during the diversification of the baby’s diet. It is possible that some foods are good for the baby, while others aren`t. That’s why you should pay great attention. However, experts believe that during the first period of the diversification process, it is normal for the baby to be constipated, since he has to adapt to a new type of food. Even if you do not change completely to solid foods, more exactly you don`t stop breastfeeding, the baby needs time to adapt his digestive process to his new needs.

Apple or plum juice helps combat constipation. So, whenever you notice that the baby’s stool is hard or if he has a stool every two or three days and you have the feeling that he is being bothered by something, it is good to consider a slightly laxative diet recommended by your doctor. Babies shouldn`t be given laxatives, such medications are not appropriate for their sensitive stomach.

Whenever you go through such problems, you should see your doctor. He will recommend you the best solutions so that the baby will not go again through such unpleasant situations. Also, if the baby is constipated, change a little bit his diet, it is possible that a certain food is not good for him. In addition, give up the habit of inserting the thermometer into the baby`s butt to help him have a stool because it may cause injuries.

Our recommendation is to go see your doctor as soon as possible.

 

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How should babies sleep? Here are some sleep positions recommended by kinesiotherapists!

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Sleeping and eating have a crucial role in baby`s developing. That’s why a good sleep is all you need in order to raise calm and relaxed babies.

Kinesiotherapists claim that the only recommended sleep position for babies is on the back.

Restful and safe sleep – sleep on the back

Research has shown that there is a link between baby sleeping positions and baby death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome. The risk of death is greatly reduced if the baby sleeps on the back. The first researches in this regard have been conducted in New Zealand, and since then similar studies have been conducted in almost all countries of the world, with the same results. No one knows exactly why it is safer for the baby to sleep on the back rather than on the tummy, but there are several theories.

A theory proposed by kinesiotherapists is that sleeping on the back without pillows keeps the baby’s spinal column in a right position, allowing the baby to develop properly and harmoniously.

Another theory is that a baby sleeping on his tummy risks not to be oxygenated as well as one who sleeps on the back, and this is due to the fact that around the nose will be objects that will make the breathing more difficult.

Another possibility is that the baby can suffocate when he is sleeping on his tummy. Under no circumstances you should use a waterbed for the baby. There have been cases in which babies sleeping on waterbeds suffocated because the mattress clings to the body shape. Therefore, babies should not sleep on waterbeds.

A fourth theory is that the microbes in the mattress can interfere with baby’s breathing, causing all kinds of affections.

Nobody has yet solved the mystery of the baby’s sudden death, but nowadays, cases are more and more rare, and this is because doctors recommend parents to put their babies to sleep on the back.

Is sleeping on one side a safe position?

If you are not convinced of the benefits of sleeping on the back, you can put the baby to sleep on one side. It’s a pretty safe position, doctors say, but there are also some risks. It seems that those sleeping on one side can turn quickly on the tummy, which increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. In addition, kinesiotherapists claim that this position can affect the spine because the baby can`t be put in a perfect position so that the head, the neck and the legs are perfectly aligned.

What happens if regurgitation occurs?

In the past, doctors thought sleeping on the back could be dangerous for babies with regurgitation problems. It was thought that the baby could suffocate because he did not have enough strength to turn his head. However, studies have shown that babies sleeping on the back had no problem turning their head when feeling sick.

What should you do when the baby starts to turn alone?

After the age of six months, babies are strong enough to turn from one side to the other. This means that when he feels something is wrong, he can turn to a position in which he feels more comfortable. So, you do not have to turn the baby on his back whenever he stays on one side or on his tummy. When you put the baby to sleep, put him on his back, and then you do not have to watch him.

Tips for a safe sleep

–  The mattress must be firm to maintain the spinal column in a right position.

– The bed must be solid, and in the first three months of life, it should be tilted to 30 degrees.

– Don`t put toys, pillows or blankets in the baby`s bed.

– Do not cover the mattress with any plastic wrap because there is a risk of choking.

– Babies do not need pillows, especially a big pillow.

 

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