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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    La Reunion (France)

    Default Breastfeeding thru stomach flu


    My toddler is 19 months and got a stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and the doctor just told me to stop all dairy food and breastmilk.
    I'm not so sure... I think breastfeeding is the only thing that has kept him thru these last couple of days.
    what should I do?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Breastfeeding thru stomach flu

    Keep nursing. Many docs do not realize that the recommendations for formula-fed and breastfed babies are completely different. With a sick, vomiting formula-fed baby, it is often recommended that parents temporarily switch to Pedialyte or some other oral rehydration solution. But unlike formula, breastmilk counts as a "clear liquid", it contains antibodies which will help baby get better faster, and nursing is comforting to a sick kid. Temporary weaning during a course of the flu is just going to make everyone miserable- mom's going to need to pump on top of caring for a sick child, and the child is going to be completely confused as to why his mom is denying him the one thing that might make him feel better!

    This link goes into more depth: http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastf.../baby-illness/

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    middle of IA

    Default Re: Breastfeeding thru stomach flu

    breastmilk is NOT dairy. cow is dairy.
    DS1 6/7/11
    DS2 10/29/13

    Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    Default Re: Breastfeeding thru stomach flu

    keep nursing
    Mommy of 4,
    3 who I watch over, 1 who watches over all of us

    J- 8/20/05 pumped breastmilk for 11 months due to his cleft lip and palate!

    M- 10/17/07 my precious baby lives forever in her mommys heart

    M- 3/31/09 my special gift, she helps heal her mommy and daddys heart. Nursed for 4 years and 10 days, self weaned the day her baby brother was born!

    E-, new little miracle born 4/11/13, my BIG baby! Born 8.6 at 38 weeks. At 9 weeks nearly 17lbs, at 12 weeks nearly 20lbs, at 6 months nearly 23lbs, at 8 months nearly 25lbs and all from BREASTMILK

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