Does breastfeeding affect your immune system?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@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 # 5
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Bumble bee

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 # 8
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Bumble bee

@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 # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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! 

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