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It has come to our attention that some health professionals are still not aware that it has been approved by the Center for Disease Control for Breastfeeding Mothers to take the anti-flu medications (Tamiflu and Relenza) and continue to breastfeed. Please DO NOT stop breastfeeding as your baby is much more at risk for severe consequences of the flu if on formula. Be sure and call your pediatrician, as they are the doctors that know the most about what medications are safe for breastfeeding mothers to take. You can refer to the link below to the CDC for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/infantfeeding.htm

FROM THE CDC WEBSITE: “Should I stop breastfeeding my baby if I think I have come in contact with the flu?”

No. Because mothers make antibodies to fight diseases they come in contact with, their milk is custom-made to fight the diseases their babies are exposed to as well. This is really important in young babies when their immune system is still developing. It is OK to take medicines to prevent the flu while you are breastfeeding. You should make sure you wash your hands often and take everyday precautions (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm). However, if you develop symptoms of the flu such as fever, cough, or sore throat, you should ask someone who is not sick to care for your baby. If you become sick, someone who is not sick can give your baby your expressed milk.”

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