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Q&A: Can I Pass a Stomach Bug to My Baby?

I'm sick with a stomach bug and still breastfeeding. Can I pass a stomach bug to my baby?

Yes, of course you can, but the baby is much less likely to get sick if he is breastfeeding, especially breastfeeding exclusively. Actually, you want the baby to get the stomach bug so that he becomes immune, but you don't want him to get sick. This is why doctors are giving stomach bug vaccines to babies now (rotavirus vaccine) — to make them immune without getting them sick.