Moms Don’t Take Sick Days…

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Moms don’t take sick days. Moms take DayQuil.

At least the marketing team of Vicks seems to believe so.

Do you remember these commercials from this past cold and flu season? I thought there were cute until I got sick and had the pleasure of parenting two children, one of which was breastfeeding.

According to Vicks, Moms take DayQuil so they can function enough to keep up with their children during the day.

Dads should take NyQuil so they can get a good night’s sleep.

Wait! Dad can have a good night sleep? What about Mom? She took Dayquil to keep up with the kids, but she doesn’t get the opportunity to take some Nyquil for a good night’s rest? Personally, I find this unfair.

Mom doesn’t need to sleep, right? She needs to keep being everything to everyone all the time.

Moms don’t get sick days! Moms are on call 24/7!

But my biggest gripe with these commercials?

As a breastfeeding mother I couldn’t take DayQuil or NyQuil. Is isn’t on the approved list. So while these parents felt decent enough to play with their kids during the day or sleep through the night, I had to suffer through the awful colds and viruses I continually came down with this winter.

When I made an appointment with my doctor out of desperation for something to help me feel better, I was told I could only take plain Tylenol or Advil. Anything for multiple symptoms was out.

Do you know what kind of effect plain old Tylenol and Advil has in my aches and pains?




As a breastfeeding mother there isn’t anything that will give me several hours of relief. Nothing to help me function during the day. Nothing to help me sleep during the night.

It isn’t fair. No matter which way you present it, as a parent there is no winning when it comes to being sick.

The Vicks marketing team do have one thing right though. When you try to explain to your kids you’re sick and really need to rest, they answer with a blank stare.

Am I the only one who got annoyed with these commercials? I mean, yes, I know these were meant to be cute and humorous , and overall they are. But they made me cranky since I desperately wanted to take DayQuil but couldn’t while breastfeeding.

2 thoughts on “Moms Don’t Take Sick Days…

  1. Ugh, I hate those commercials that perpetuate stupid stereotypes for sure. Sadly, the stereotype is so true – Dads are whiny losers when they’re sick (or is that just my husband?) and Moms have to hold it together. Gah. I’ve had horrid allergies this month, and it was crazy to realize that i could take meds for the first time in 4 years.

    1. I think being pregnant and breastfeeding has given me a whole new appreciation for medicine 🙂

      And it’s not just your husband! Mine somehow manages to spend most of the day sleeping/in bed when he feels sick. When I feel sick and tell him I’m going to lie down he gives me a look that pretty much says I’m overreacting.

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