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    My poor baby girl started throwing up at about 5 pm this evening. She has never really been a pukey baby, not even when she was an infant, she never spit up much.

    She is 14 months old.

    She was vomiting about once every 10 to 15 minutes until 8 pm when she started going limp and turned very pale. I tried nursing her a few times during those three hours, but she threw it up immediately. We also tried a little Perdialyte but that came back up as well.

    We finally felt we could not wait it out anymore, we were so afraid she would get dehydrated, so we headed to the ER. Poor baby just kepy throwing up the whole way there and in the waiting room.

    I felt so incredibly bad. Her main source of comfort is and has always been nursing, but they did not want me to nurse her, understandably so, since she was just throwing it up. I asked them to hold off on an IV, I really did not want her poked, in the hopes that she might be able to keep something down. We kept trying tiny amounts of Pedialyte, spaced out every 5 minutes until FINALLY she stopped throwing it up.

    We are home now and it has been about 2 hours since she threw up. She is fussing because she wants to nurse and daddy is walking with her, trying to get her back to sleep. She always nurses in the middle of the night when she wakes up.

    I feel really frustrated that the one thing I am so proud of doing just for her does not work in this situation and is almost even a hinderance, since that is what she wants to sooth herself with.

    I think we are in for a long night. They told me not to nurse her again until morning, assuming she does not throw up, and then to only let her nurse for 5minutes every hour until she has not thrown up for at least 3 hours.

    Does this sound correct? I know that milk is irritating to the stomach when it is upset, well at least cow's milk is, but you always hear about how bm is THE best, most natural thing you can put in your baby's stomach. Does anyone know if it is as irritating as cow's milk to an upset tummy? I am trying not to second guess her doctor, it is just breaking my heart to hear her crying when I know exactly what she wants.
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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    Oh no! I'm sorry your baby is ill.

    You might find it comforting to know that breastmilk is not considered a dairy product. Breastmilk is not irritating to the system, as it is the natural food source for baby humans.

    Are you comfortable with hand expression or pumping? If so, when you are at a place where you are ready to nurse her again, you could try to remove a good bit of the milk, and then let her nurse. You could then nurse more frequently but for shorter periods of time. If it's been a while since you've nursed, you could express some prior so that the flow will be slower.

    Here's some helpful information:
    http://www.kellymom.com/health/illne....html#vomiting

    A mother's story on vomiting and breastfeeding:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBJulAug04p135.html

    HTH!

    Please do keep us updated on how you and your baby are doing. Best wishes for lots of rest tonight, and a quick passing of the illness.

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    I'm so sorry shes sick!
    Sounds like you got some bad advice. That happens.
    IF she is keeping down something she should be able to nurse.
    Hope you get some rest this morning!

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    Don't have any advice but just wanted to hope your baby gets better soon and to throw lots of 's your way
    Jenn SAHM and carseat to

    DD 5 years old , nursed till just shy of 3 yrs old



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    thanks so much for the advice, support and links. I wish I had read this sooner, but I am happy to say that at about 2 am this morning I threw the doctor's directions out the window and nursed my baby. She was inconsolable and could not sleep. She still had a rough night and has been very tired today. She had one poop that was nothing but liquid and not nearly as many wet diapers as she should have either. I am going to keep an eye on her and hope for an improvement. It is such a relief to know that I can nurse her and it won't make the situation worse.
    http://thesfamilychronicles.blogspot.com

    "At the heart of motherhood is the kind of satisfaction unequalled in any other profession on earth."
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    Isaac- 1/1/01 Nursed only 4 months, had no idea what I was doing.
    Nathan- 4/28/03 preemie, 1 month NICU stay and still managed exclusive nursing for 6 months, better.
    Anna- 4/15/06 Self weaned just after turning 3.
    Baby girl due May 14th

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    My whole family (except somehow me) and our nanny were sick last week (vomiting and diarrhea). While most of the time my 14 month old twins were able to keep down my milk, they even puked that up. Oddly (odd to me anyway), sometimes they did OK with Pedialyte after vomiting my milk, but other times lost that, too. (DH gave them yogurt at one point in this, saying he figured it was fine since I'd given them my MM. They vomited it. After 14 months he still doesn't understand the difference between MM and cow's -- just like your doctor.)

    I'm glad your poor LO is doing better. Remember, if she's getting a diet of exclusively MM her stool will likely be waterier than usual. It tends to "regress" to being a lot like it used to be before you started solids. I'm glad you followed your heart and nursed her. Your doctor meant well, but you knew best.

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    Unfortunately she is not doing as well as I had hoped. She woke up totally dry this morning, had not wet her diaper AT ALL last night. She refused to nurse, refused water, refused Pedialyte and everything else I offered. She is still having pure liquid poops, not at all normal BM poops either. This is nothing but yellow liquid that is immediately absorbed by her diaper.

    I was able to get her to nurse later in the day, but she is very tired, clingy and fussy. It was 97 degrees today so I am keeping her inside and keeping in her cool and offering her fluids as much as I can. If she is not doing better tomorrow I may take her in just to get her checked over again to make sure she is ok. I worry so much about her being dehydrated and I am not an expert in what dehydration looks like. I just know that she is not wetting her diaper as much as usual and she is very tired. These don't seem like good signs to me.
    http://thesfamilychronicles.blogspot.com

    "At the heart of motherhood is the kind of satisfaction unequalled in any other profession on earth."
    -Tina Neidlein


    Isaac- 1/1/01 Nursed only 4 months, had no idea what I was doing.
    Nathan- 4/28/03 preemie, 1 month NICU stay and still managed exclusive nursing for 6 months, better.
    Anna- 4/15/06 Self weaned just after turning 3.
    Baby girl due May 14th

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    my lo did this and i didnt want her poked so i went home they told me she had rotovirus so they told me look for signs of dehydration and they were paleness,lethargic,not wetting,sunken eyes,no tears when crying but id take her in mama just to be safe...

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    Default Re: A night in the ER, very sick baby, need your thoughts please

    Quote Originally Posted by MELISSA316 View Post
    my lo did this and i didnt want her poked so i went home they told me she had rotovirus so they told me look for signs of dehydration and they were paleness,lethargic,not wetting,sunken eyes,no tears when crying but id take her in mama just to be safe...
    Same here. We went through a bout of that when DS was 3 months old. He ended up dehydrated despite or best efforts and we were in the hospital for a week.
    He had stopped throwing up but was still having the "apple juice" type poops. The doctors were at their wits end trying to figure out what was going on. A specialist from the children's hospital was consulted and he suggested that sometimes in babies/children the bacteria gets flushed out when they've been vomitting/diareeha. This meant that he was having a bad reaction to my milk and needed time to rebuild his bacteria. Thank goodness he didn't recommend stopping nursing!! He just prescribed Lactaid drops that I applied to my breasts before each nursing session to help DS digest. It worked right away. We only had to do that for two weeks and DS was able to nurse without issues during that time.

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