Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Breast-Feeding a Sick Baby
If your baby has signs of a minor illness (such as cold symptoms or mild 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 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.
April 12, 2013
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.