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    Default I have 3 week old and I have a terrible cold. Tips appreciated!

    Hi everyone, I have a 3 week old DD (comp feeding- expressing 4 hourly and formula top up)- and I am on day 2 of the most terrible cold. I have firy throat, nose like a tap and also my head is full. Feel really rotten. So far, I am doing salt water gargle, vitamin c, panadol, lots of liquids, butter menthol- the nights are the worst. I am worried about bub getting sick- she was nearly 4 weeks early and isn't due til tomorrow. She weighs about 3kg. She is in a bassinette in our room. So far, she seems just fine. DH has taken over feeding duties for the moment, although I am continuing to express. Any tips on what else I can do to get better, and to stop her getting ill? Should I sleep in another room for a few days? Should I avoid touching/ holding her? How can I increase my supply while sick (it seems to be lagging)? Your help is appreciated Thank you.

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    Default I have 3 week old and I have a terrible cold. Tips appreciated!

    Your breast milk will help due to the antibodies in it. Don't sneeze on her, wash hands etc...

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    Default I have 3 week old and I have a terrible cold. Tips appreciated!

    You poor thing!!!

    Make sure you wash your hands before you touch her. Or use alcohol gel if you have any. Keep your fluids up. Your body will be using every oune of energy it has to fight this cold so plenty of fluids and food are so important. And make sure you try to get as much rest as possible...easier said than done!

    Hope you get better soon xxx

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    Have you tried a nasal decongestant? They dry up a runny nose beautifully, and they're safe to use while breastfeeding. Combined with Butter Menthols they've gotten me through a few rough colds; I find that if I can just get my nose to stop running I feel so much better. The only problem with them is you're only allowed to use them for a few days.

    Re your supply... water, water water. When you think you've drunk enough, drink some more! And try to keep your calorie intake up too.

    Hope you feel better soon .

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