By: Dr.Kathleen McCue
It’s getting colder and messier outside, and it’s time to start prepping for winter! If you just gave birth or are expecting to give birth in the midst of the cold months, there are some important things to keep in mind as it gets colder. There’s so many different resources outlining important facts, so we decided to compile them into one list. Be sure to check out the links for more detailed information! Let’s begin!
Staying Around the House
- Preventative cold and flu care- Do any and everything you can to prevent your family from being exposed to the cold or flu virus
- Flu shots for everyone in the household over 6 months old
- Clean hands
- Disinfectant wipes
- Set rules for when others visit
- Don’t overdo the heating and blankets- this could cause baby to overheat!
When Going Out
- Avoid crowded areas, like grocery stores, when you can- get your groceries delivered!
- Careful not to over dress baby- Stick to easily removable layers. Watch out for overheating and over bundling baby, especially when buckled in car seat
- Make sure you are bundled yourself - We don’t want you catching a cold out there!
- Be mindful during checkups- other children may be sick in the office.
- Carry around disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer
If you or your baby gets sick
- Keep breastfeeding! –
- If you are sick, you are still able to breastfeed. It is actually recommended to continue breastfeeding because your child would already have been exposed to the disease before you began experiencing symptoms.
- If your baby becomes sick, your breastmilk composition changes to meet their needs. This means more antibodies in your breastmilk that can help the baby fight off
We hope that this little guide was helpful! If you suspect yourself or your baby have the cold or flu, please schedule an appointment with your pediatrician as soon as possible. If you feel as though your breastmilk supply is affected by the cold or flu, please schedule with an IBCLC as soon and possible to adjust your routine.