Post # 1
The reason I’m asking is because I’ve pretty much been sick for the past 2 months straight. There’s probably been about 10 days total that I’ve not either had a sore throat, a cough or a runny nose. My son is 4 months old & I’m still nursing him & I can’t remember ANY cold or illness I’ve had in the past ever hanging on this long! Or returning over & over again. I’ve gone through box after box of tissues over the past 2 months. The worst part is, I haven’t been able to take any of the “good” medicine (aka antihistamine) because it is transferred into BM. I’ve been to the Dr a couple different times & they say it’s most likely viral. I did take antibiotics at one point & I did get “well” about a week later, but my son is in daycare & he has been sick for the past month himself! I guess we keep passing it back & forth. Monday they tested him for RSV & the Flu, which luckily he doesn’t have, but he is currently on breathing treatments & antibiotics for cough & congestion. I still have a slight cough myself & I blow my nose CONSTANTLY. It just makes me wonder WHY I can’t seem to get over this crap. I take a prenatal vitamin every day, but honestly I don’t eat as healthy as I should right now but still. This is ridiculous.
Any other bees ever experience this while breastfeeding? Did your immunity become stronger after stopping?
Post # 3
@okqueenbee: I haven’t. I just want to say I hope you feel better really soon. It’s no fun being sick, especially in your situation 🙁
Post # 4
Aww thanks! Yes, it is really awful!! Several weeks ago I had a horrible cough & I would have to cover my baby with a blanket while nursing when I would go into a coughing fit. Ugh.
Post # 5
From what I’ve read, breast-feeding does not negatively affect your immune system.
However, it can lower your levels of vitamins and minerals. That’s why you have to have a healthy, nutrient rich diet, just like with pregnancy. It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids.
You may also be in need of more sleep and rest.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t think so, I don’t think it has a reason to (like pregnancy does). But you might be more worn down if you’re not eating properly since it takes a lot of nutrients and energy to breastfeed and care for a newborn. That type of thing or stress or lack of sleep can affect your immune system.
Post # 7
Well, I am pretty stressed lately so that’s probably got something to do with it!
I’ll admit my diet is horrible now compared to during my pregnancy. I’m hungry all the time, I’m still 25 lbs overweight, I’m stressed & tired, trying to balance baby/home & work. I used to be thin(ish) & had lost a lot of weight on WW, then got pregnant now I’m fat again.
Post # 8
@okqueenbee: Ah, I see.
Yeah, a healthy diet will go a long way for both you and your little one.
Try to improve your diet and try to find time for sleep. If you can find time for a stroll with your baby once or twice a week, just for a little exercise, that would be great.
Don’t worry about your weight. Focus on eating healthier, sleeping and resting, and going on walks a few times a week, and your body will take care of the weight.
To easily add more nutrition into your diet, I suggest buttermilk, fruit and fruit juice, beans (especially dark-colored beans), eggs, and oranges. Google or search “breast-feeding foods”, or anything along those lines, for more information.
Post # 9
@Rhopalocera: Thank you. I can’t wait till the weather warms up so I can start walking again (& taking baby too!) I was out tonight & picked up the newest issue of the WW magazine. Maybe it’s the first step to my recovery process lol.
I’ll look up those foods! Ty 🙂
Post # 10
If your son is in daycare, I’m sure he’s a perfect little incubator for all sorts of nasty germs. Day care is notorious for this, and then the parents end up sick as well. You’re probably burning the candle at both ends trying to balance motherhood and career, not getting enough nutrient-rich food, and not getting adequate sleep. Those all sound like the ideal conditions for sickness to take hold and not let go! Try to take care of yourself, mama. There’s nothing to be done about daycare germs unfortunately!