My DS is 19 mo. old. He has tonsillitis, and he won't nurse. Well, he tries, but it hurts too much. He'll suck once or twice, and then he starts crying and backs away. I don't think we'll have an issue nursing again once he starts feeling better, which should be in 24 hours. I am pumping right now since he hasn't nursed much this afternoon or evening. I have no problem pumping to replace his daytime feedings. I have two main questions:
1) DS usually nurses a TON overnight. As in 4-8 overnight sessions. Do I need to get up to pump for every usual nursing session overnight? Or can I just pump to replace feedings that he refuses during the day if he won't nurse and then in the morning if I feel really full? I have a feeling I'll be up with him most of the night since he's in pain, and I really don't want to try to squeeze in pumping sessions tonight too if I don't have to.
2) How should I offer the pumped milk? He usually gets a sippy of milk at daycare, but I'm not there when he gets it. Should I just offer a sippy? He's not doing well with any liquids or foods right now since his throat hurts so bad, but we need to offer something because I'm worried about dehydration.
I really don't want this to hurt our nursing relationship, but I can deal with that if I have to. I'm more worried about DS getting the nutrition he needs right now. Any advice is greatly appreciated!