Thursday, January 14, 2010

H1N1 and Breastfeeding

The H1N1 flu virus and vaccine are hot topics recently. Every parent wants to protect their babies from this flu. Babies cannot be vaccinated until at least six months of age. So what else should parents to ?

The following things can be done to prevent babies from the flu:

1. Careful HAND WASHING practices of all those coming in contact with your babies.
2. Control coughs.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) states that formula feeding increases the odds of getting the flu and breastfeeding PROTECTS the baby from getting the flu. Therefore, it is NOT a matter of, “Oh, formula feed babies will be fine”
Let’s take these recommendations and use them to their full advantage and have even more mothers and babies breastfed.

-Naoko "Nicky" Lawnsby

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