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      Breastfeeding and traveling

      Latest update: - Authors: Nele Alders, Ula Maniewski

      Because of the unique advantages of breastfeeding, it is also recommended to continue breastfeeding during traveling to optimally nourish and hydrate the child.  

      Most vaccines may be given to breastfeeding women, but live attenuated vaccines usually are not.  

      Below is an overview of where you should pay attention when breastfeeding. 

      Airplane trip Breastfeeding during ascending or descending can prevent earache in the child. 
      Hydration  Make sure you drink plenty of watet. It is best to feed the baby on demand. In hot climates, a baby may need more frequent breastfeeding.

      Mosquito repellents may be used. 

      Do not smear them on the breast so that the baby cannot ingest them.

      Yellow fever vaccine
      • The yellow fever vaccine can be safely given to breastfeeding women from when the baby is 6 months old. 
      • With younger babies, the pros and cons must be evaluated and may sometimes require temporary interruption of breastfeeding. 
      • The mother's yellow fever vaccine does not protect the breastfed child.  
      Dengue vaccine

      The dengue vaccine Qdenga® may not be given during breastfeeding. 

      Malaria medication

      The malaria medication taken by the mother does not protect the breastfed child. The child must also take malaria pills itself.  

      • Atovaquone/proguanil may be used during breastfeeding if the child weighs more than 5 kg. 
      • Doxycycline is best avoided during breastfeeding 
      • Mefloquine may be used during breastfeeding 
      Diarrhoea Breastfeeding offers the best protection against diarrhoea in infants and young children.  
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