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Old 01-01-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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Breastfeeding when sick

My 19 month old DD has a stomach bug. She has diarrhea and has vomited a few times. She hasn't had much to eat, and the last time she vomited it was pure breastmilk. She's wanting to nurse more than usual, but I'm not sure if that's the best thing to do. Any advice?

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Old 01-01-2009, 06:41 AM   #2
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By all means let her nurse. It is the best thing for her now. Much better than anything else you could give her. She might still throw up but that is because she has a virus and can't help it. Let her nurse all she wants. Best wishes to you and I hope she feels better soon.
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Re: Breastfeeding when sick

Thanks for the help. I gave her a little water when she woke up and she didn't keep it down. Do you think I should give her tummy a rest before I give her anything else, including breastmilk, or do you think it's okay to let her nurse whenever she wants to?
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Breastmilk is a "clear" liquid and is considered more gentle than Pedialite or water. I would nurse her as often as she wants. Even if she throws up a few minutes later, she will have absorbed some of the breastmilk. Breastmilk is not dairy, so you don't have to worry about the "avoid dairy" rule. it's been my experience that only doctors with an interest in nutrition know this. other doctors encourage mom's not to nurse and to substitute Pedialite. You should never give formula to a vomiting child.

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YES, Yes, Continue nursing on demand. She is at least getting something even though it may seem like she is throwing it all up. Your LO will know when she needs to nurse. Just keep an eye out for dry mucous membranes and lethargy as it could be a sign of dehydration. Otherwise, it will be fine

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Nurse on demand if you can. I agree with pp's, bm is the best thing for her!
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Re: Breastfeeding when sick

Thanks so much everyone.

I nursed her twice and both times she vomited within 15 minutes. She's also been sleeping all day, and she's only had one wet diaper today. I called her pediatrician, and she said that breastmilk is by far the best thing for her . She told me to nurse her for a couple mins., and then wait 20-30 mins., and give her a little more. I tried that and so far, so good.
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