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Q&A: Should I Stop Nursing?

My baby has asthma and gets ear infections. Do I need to stop breastfeeding?
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January 30, 2017
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On the contrary, these are very good reasons to continue breastfeeding. Switching to formula could make the situation worse, not better.

One thing that is frequently forgotten is that breastfeeding helps console and reassure a sick baby. When the baby takes the breast, he will frequently relax and feel better. This healing aspect of breastfeeding shouldn’t be overlooked.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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