How To Breastfeed A Congested Baby

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We are quickly approaching the time of year where everyone seems to be getting sick. We can do our best to keep our little ones safe and healthy, but it is almost inevitable that they will catch a cold at some point.

Having a congested baby can be stressful. You may be worried that they aren’t eating as well when they are sick, but do not fret! This is completely normal. Especially if your baby has a sore throat along with congestion, you may see they do not eat as much while they nurse. While your feeding sessions may be shorter, try feeding your baby more frequently in order to get their volume in. Weight gain may not be great during the time they are sick, but should begin to increase once they are feeling better.

Here are some of our tips for feeding your baby!

Saline Drops And Aspirators

Putting a few saline drops in your baby’s nose and using a nasal aspirator will help clear up the baby’s passageways. Be sure to follow the directions for both your saline drops and aspirator!

We recommend trying the NoseFrida! This baby nasal aspirator is designed to suck out the mucus and germs for gentle snotsucking. It is dishwasher safe, BPA free, and pediatrician recommended. Bulb syringes work as well.

Make sure to do this prior to feeding your baby. Adding drops into their nose and using a syringe can trigger their gag reflex, and we don’t want baby to spit up everything they just ate!

Breastfeed In An Upright Position

Allow gravity to do the work! By feeding upright, you are allowing for the congestion to move downwards and out the nose, rather than being stuck in the nasal passages when lying down. At nightime, you can prop yourself up on pillows to achieve this. You can also nurse in a baby carrier.

Breastfeed By The Shower

Consider turning the hot water on in your shower and allowing the bathroom to get steamy. Pull a chair into the room and feed your baby in there! This will make it easier for your baby to breathe and will also help drain their nasal passages. You also can use a humidifier in a small room for a similar effect.    

Remember, your breastmilk is designed to meet your baby’s needs and is constantly changing to do so. When your body is exposed to an infection, it will make antibodies that will be found in your milk to combat it. Leukocytes, which help boost immunity, also increase in your milk supply when your baby is sick. This is why it is so important for you to continue to nurse your baby when they are sick; you are providing essential nutrients to your baby to combat their illness!

Stay strong, Mama!


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