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A baby cannot be allergic to his mother’s milk. Your milk is made specifically for your baby. If your baby is showing signs of food sensitivities it is most likely a reaction to something you have eaten. If you suspect your baby is reacting to something you are eating, you can try stopping that food for a short period of time to see if it helps. If you do not notice any improvement, contact your local La Leche League Leader for more information.

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Most medications are safe to take while breastfeeding, but it is wise to check on specific medications to be sure. If you are told that you cannot breastfeed while taking a medication, ensure this advice is supported by evidence. A decision to interrupt breastfeeding should be based on accurate information.  You can contact your local La Leche League Leader for more information specific to your situation; she has access to current resources on medications and breastfeeding.

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Most likely not.  There are very few medical conditions which would require a mother to wean her child.  Many mothers worry that they will need to wean if they get a cold or the flu. This is not true.  It is important to continue nursing so your baby gets the antibodies you are making in response to the cold or flu. To help protect your baby: wash your hands frequently and avoid coughing near your baby.

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