According to Tom Hale’s Medications and Mothers Milk, the flu vaccine is sage to receive while breastfeeding. It’s classified as a Level 1 which is considered “safest”.
Many moms are concerned that once we get the flu we should keep the baby away from us…actually the opposite should happen. Once you begin to show symptoms of the flu, you have been “infected” for a few days and the baby has already been exposed too. Our body begins to fight off the flu with anti-bodies, which pass through our breast milk, so breastfeeding our babies is the best form of medicine.
However, the actual “act” of breastfeeding can be difficult while having the flu. Just the thought of getting out of bed (or moving) can make you cry and cringe, let alone holding the baby and breastfeeding. You will most likely require help caring for your baby while you have the flu. Having someone bring the baby to you and side lying breastfeeding can help fight the fatigue of sitting up and holding the baby.
Or possibly having someone bring you the pump and pumping with a double electric pump for 15 minutes and someone else offering the baby a bottle of expressed breast milk would be the answer. The answer is NEVER – not breastfeed.
Infection is more likely spread by close contact. So remember the obvious…washing your hands frequently while you have the flu and trying not to kiss all over your little sweet bundle of joy. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated and maintain your supply.
Other sources that explain the importance of continuing breastfeeding while you have the flu…