Re: PLEASE HELP!!! My 5 month old is sick and stopped eating
Welcome to the forum! I am sorry your baby got so sick. A 104 degree fever is so scary, especially with such a young baby! You may want to read up on rashes now, since a viral infection is often followed by a rash, and if you spot one of the characteristic ones you may have a better feeling about what's troubling your LO. Anyway, here's a very basic link on rashes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exanthem
Don't be afraid to use some Tylenol (acetominophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) to deal with baby's pain and fever. Reduce the discomfort and baby may be more likely to nurse, or at least take a bottle.
Now, on to breastfeeding. As long as baby continues to have sufficient wet diapers, you know he's not dehydrated. So watch his diaper output carefully. If that drops below normal or he seems to be lethargic or his mucous membranes (like in his mouth) seem very dry, it's time to go back to the doctor.
Mom should continue to offer the breast frequently, and not worry too much if baby prefers to eat lightly or only for a minute or two. Frequent feedings will make up for short, light feedings. If baby refuses to nurse, then mom should consider keeping up her supply with the pump- as long as she uses the pump to compensate for missed feedings, she won't lose her supply, and any dip in supply will be made up for by the baby once he's well and nursing enthusiastically again.
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