I haven’t gotten too sick since my babies were born. Every spring and fall, though, my sinuses protest the changing seasons. Sometimes it’s slight congestion. And others? Well, I’m no stranger to sinus infections.
When I do get sick, I am thankful that I breastfeed. Moms don’t get sick days, even when they feel like they can’t move. But being able to feed the baby without getting up? It’s nice.
With my first, I could lie in bed all morning if I wanted to. As long as she could eat and I had diapers nearby, we were good to go. With two girls in tow, I have to get creative as to how I entertain my toddler (and making sure she eats), but my baby is still good as long as she’s fed. It’s one less step for me, which makes a world of difference when I’m the only one at home for most of the day.
Another great benefit of breastfeeding while sick? My baby gets the immunities and antibodies that my body is producing! She won’t get sick by being near me, and she actually is better prepared to fight off the illness than her sister would be!
Being sick isn’t any fun, especially for Mama. But I find that breastfeeding while I’m sick really does help to make life a little simpler. Too bad that toddler of mine still expects me to take care of her!
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