Does breastfeeding stop mum getting ill?

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  1. anna matronic

    anna matronic Mummy to Evan :-)

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    I stopped breastfeeding all but one feed per day about 6 weeks ago. Since then I have had a terrible cold constantly. It started around the time of the Royal wedding (April 29th) when I got a blocked ear, then it turned into a cold, which Evan got and recovered from, then turned into a terrible chesty cough.

    I was not ill once whilst I was breastfeeding from October to April, plus hadn't been ill since last Easter either.

    So can my illness and failure to recover be to do with stopping breastfeeding? Or could it be that my immune system is shot to shit and I'm really run down?

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  2. kelly29

    kelly29 Guest

    i reckon its your immune system hun :) go get some pick me up vits xxx
     
  3. Lightworker

    Lightworker Well-Known Member

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    Not in my experience. I have been ill alot during these last few months. I think my immunity is low due to lack of sleep though x
     
  4. freckleonear

    freckleonear Crunchy mummy

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    I've also been wondering this for a while. Whenever I get colds I seem to recover much faster when I'm breastfeeding and this week I had food poisoning which was horrible but only lasted half a day.
     
  5. MissCurly

    MissCurly Well-Known Member

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    I havnt heard any science behind this, but i've experienced something similar. I would generally pick things up quite easily, but since pregnancy and breastfeeding, its been cut down massively.

    I mean i still get the odd cold but its never been to the point where i am soo ill i cant do anything, (and this happened to me atleast 4 times a year!). so im wondering too if there's a link?
     

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