I have been told it's very unlikely for a baby to get strep throat. Well, my 9 month old got it. I thought we were for sure doomed if she had a sore throat again, but I've actually seen an increase in her nursing. She is latching out in the daylight, in the van in the daylight, in the well lit bedroom, without the sound machine. She's still acting like a 9 month old, popping off at every little sound, but if I give my toddler a lollipop in the van, or put in a video in the living room, we ALMOST get a full nursing in!!!
She must be finally nursing for some comfort again!! And this illness has made her seek it out. She will be clawing at my shirt and burying her face in my shirt, and I lay her back in the cradle position, and she closes her eyes and starts rooting around. She has even opened her eyes and looked up at me!!! She has *NEVER* done this because I've had to nurse her in the dark or in her sleep for the last 7 months!!
She lost weight tho. So I will have to work on that. She still won't eat any babyfood. I went off caffeine for a week or so and she didn't vomit anymore. And then today, I had some Dr. Pepper this morning and at bedtime tonight, she threw up alot. I know caffeine is on the list of possible spitup offenders for younger babies. It didn't used to bother her, but now, maybe it is??
But more good news is she's been to the doc twice since this most recent illness began and they haven't batted an eye at her weight, not even the loss. I rescheduled her well baby check for a time when we can see our favorite doc who knows us, as a family, well. She knows I nursed my first to 19 months and knows nursing is important to us. So I feel less nervous about it, like she will take all things into account, i.e., 6 teeth in a month, illness, distractibility, and my slender build.