Nursing babies with a URI
Hi all, my kiddo has whatever URI my toddler had last week, and it isn't pretty. She's super congested which makes nursing really difficult for her, and she has a cough which has caused her to vomit a few times (actually vomit, not spit up). She has a hard time getting a good latch since her nostrils are so stuffed up. Despite this, she still seems to be getting enough milk to stay hydrated, which at this point is all I care about. She's obviously uncomfortable, but her breathing is stable, she's easily aroused, and she does not have a fever, so no need to see a doctor right now.
However, she is still nursing less than usual. I've been very engorged for the last two days, and I've been pumping a little to compensate but I'm concerned about doing two things:
1. I have a history of OS from pumping, and I don't know how to gauge how much pumping is too much while she isn't eating, since I don't know how many ounces she's taken at a feed and how many ounces she usually eats a day. I don't want to make this problem worse.
2. I think I have a relatively high breast storage capacity, but for those times when I do get engorged I'm concerned that this will tell my body that she doesn't need as much and will down-regulate. So then I want to pump, which brings me to issue #1.
I've been using saline drops and my NoseFrida to suction her before feeding to help, and I try to keep her as upright as possible right now, but I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle against the snot so we are just going to have to wait it out.
What (else) should I do? I've never nursed a sick baby like this before
I'm Erin, mommy to Ella, born at 33 weeks 4 days, and Addison, born at 35 weeks and 5 days.