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Old 03-11-2007, 08:15 PM   #1
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DD is on her 2nd round of antibiotics for an ear infection. DS had tubes by this time, so I think we are doing good. But, DH is thinking it has something to do with me feeding her laying down. I am just so worn out from working FT, and everything else, those are my 20 minutes m/l to not do anything. Plus, she is getting so active that this is the only way I can get her to nurse for longer than 5 seconds then pull mommy, then 5 seconds, then pull mommy.... Please give me something that says this is not possible. I know that you can't give a baby a bottle laying down due to risk of ear infection. But BF'ing laying down is a different story right? Plus, if you have any natural remedies to try along with antibiotics share please! We are doing rice in a thick sock warmed up and placed on her ear. Thanks!

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Old 03-11-2007, 10:01 PM   #2
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hmmm I remember reading somewhere that you can bf a baby laying down and not cause ear problems because a baby has to work so much harder to get milk out and uses a different set of muscles than bottle fed infants and those two things together help clear the ear tubes.

I just tried to find the article I read, but I can't. I'll keep lookin for ya
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I can't find it, but I would just call your ped. Every article I'm readying says not to bottle feed laying down. It never mentions bfing. But a few do say not to let your dc eat while asleep. They can nurse to sleep but once they fall asleep put them to bed... not sure why this makes a difference.

Good luck.. I'm off to bed.
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hrere are things to help with the ear-

http://www.motherandchildhealth.com/Children/ear.html

here is something that says laying down and BFing can not cause ear infections-

http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/b...,,485q,00.html
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I don't have any sources for you right now but I will look...

I only have our anecdotal experiences in that DS nursed laying down all the time...and he just got his first ear infection at age 3.5 (long after he had weaned)

My DD is 16 mos and nurses laying down all the time and she has never had an ear infection.

I know that probably does not help at all...but I will look for some more factual info!
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Have you tried looking on kellymom.com?

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/ear-infection-nursing.html
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or this

http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/bf8.asp
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The kellymom link has a bunch of additional sources...I am not finding a whole lot more on my own right now...but I hope those links will help you!!
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Thanks ladies! Those really will help me explain to DH why it is different. I just *knew* that my bf'ing laying down had nothing to do with her ear infection. I am staying home today with her b/c she is only happy with Mommy. I will be babying my baby today. Thanks!
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I know when DJ was having constant ear infections, I asked our pediatrician and two different ENTs and they all said that bf laying down wasn't a problem. It's been a while...it might have actually been more like "the benefits of bf outweigh the risk of nursing in bed" or something but it convinced me

Have you tried a chiropractor? I know a lot of people who swear that seeing a chiro helped their children's ear infections. Good luck...I know it's rough!

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