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    My husband and I both came down with the stomach flu--really bad, vomiting and diarhea. The other baby at the sitter has it too and so does her mom. We thought we were going to make it through without dd getting it but no luck there--she had vomiting and diarhea last night too--I continued to nurse through it all b/c that's what the baby book said to do. But...I called the ped last night when dd started vomiting and he told me I should have stopped nursing and that is why dd got sick. I was like...she has been around us anyway, it seems that I would be giving her some of my immunities. Then he told me to stop bfing and give her pedialyte (which we didn't have and there is no place within 80 miles to get any) and he criticized me for not having any on hand for those "just in case moments". The baby book says not to stop nursing, so I didn't--and I only called the ped to find out what to look for and at waht point to take her to the hospital. Anyway...she seems to be better this morning...still a little runny poops but not vomiting. I just wanted to know what the "right" thing to do was.

    Oh...by the way, dd is 5 mo and only takes bm. She does get 2 bottles a day at the sitter.

    Erin
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    I called the ped last night when dd started vomiting and he told me I should have stopped nursing and that is why dd got sick. I was like...she has been around us anyway, it seems that I would be giving her some of my immunities. Then he told me to stop bfing and give her pedialyte (which we didn't have and there is no place within 80 miles to get any) and he criticized me for not having any on hand for those "just in case moments"
    Blame everything on nursing!!

    Anyway, you should continue nursing!! I remember the first time me and my DD got really sick, but I continue to nurse my DS and nothing happened to him, he has so much energy I couldn't keep up. But then when I went visit my parents there was a virus going around, everyone on my house, my neighbors and anybody that was in contact with us was super sick, I got it and my DS too, although he was the smallest one he was the less sick of all of us, the only think he ate or drink was BM. He puked a few times but just a bit, I kept him on BM only for 2 or 3 days until I felt he was good to eat solids. I don't have pedialyte with me either, I have BM!! Nature's best medicine. If Bf while you're sick makes the baby sick, my poor boy wouldn't end up being on bed a minimum of ten times already! What's wrong with that ped!!

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    How can anyone call himself a pediatrician -- a SPECIALIST in children's illness and health -- and NOT KNOW that breastfeeding is the safest way to get through a stomach virus??

    http://www.kellymom.com/health/illne...y-illness.html

    Anyway -- you definitely did the right thing, and your baby's doctor obviously has some holes in his education. I'm so sorry you had that upsetting phone conversation with him in the midst of your baby's illness. It makes me angry.

    Do you know how to recognize the signs of dehydration? If she is producing clear or pale urine; if she makes tears when she cries (assuming she usually makes tears); if you gently pinch a fold of skin on the back of her hand and the skin springs back into place right away -- then she's fine. The fact that you were sick right before her just makes me want to double-check that your milk supply hasn't taken a hit and that she's staying hydrated.

    If I can find a good link on the AAP's website that says, "Keep breastfeeding through diarrhea; offer oral rehydration therapy only if child is dehyrated" then I will post that here for you to share later with your doctor. (Assuming you keep him on your team after this!)

    --Rebecca
    Last edited by quakerm0mma; May 18th, 2006 at 01:26 PM.

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    my DS just whent through a bad stommach flu. I was told to continue nursing andto give him pedialyte to try and keep him hydrated. He still ended up getting dehydrated and we spent the week in the hospital with him on an IV to keep him hydrated and I was still encouraged to keep nursing and to pump so that it wouldn't affect my supply.
    The nurses actually froze my milk for me to take hom in thei lunch fridge. DS ended up with persistant diarheea and we discovered that he had basically pooed out his ensymes that digest lactose. So now he getting a 10 day treatement of Lactaid while he rebuilds them. Through all this I was told by all the doctors and nurses that the most important thing was to keep nursing not the other way around.

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    Wow, what an ordeal! I'm sorry you and your baby went through that -- but glad to hear that the hospital supported and protected your breastfeeding relationship. I hope his tummy problems are soon all better!

    --Rebecca

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    I hope that the baby is doing better now! What hospital is this? It sound so supportive, makes me want to have my next baby there!

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    centre hospitalier Ste-Eustache in Quebec. They were great.

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    Canada is a little bit to far from me to go have a baby ! How's the baby doing?

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    Thanks for all your words ladies!!! I did keep bfing through it all. It was awful!!! I was sick for 24 hours and it seemed that dd got through it unscathed, then she got sick. She only vomited once but has had really weird bowel habits since Thurs. She didn't poop at all on Thurs during the day (she usually has 2-3 poopy diapers by noon then none till the next morning) but had a really wet green one Thurs. night. Then nothing again until Saturday night (another really wet green one) and nothing again since (its monday). She is eating a ton--which, quakermama, leads me to wonder about my supply too. She wants to eat nonstop and I can feel letdown and hear her swallow. I haven't pumped cuz today is my first day back at work and I will kinda know then, but I know that pumping isn't a total picture. The day I was soo sick (I mean really really sick) I took her to the sitter's b/c my dh and I could hardly take care of ourselves. I tried to pump but never got a letdown. I went and fed her at noon but I did miss 2 pumping sessions/feedings. Dd seems to be hydrated. She is peeing lots, smiling, pink, tears, drool...all the good signs. But the poop thing is weird.

    Anyway...we are currently looking for another ped. I found a family doc that is actually my doc's husband and he is totally pro bfing, but he doesn't take middle of the night calls. Peds are really hard to come by around here. I just don't know what to do. I do know that I am really glad we were bfing--dd got a real mild case of the flu and everyone else who got it was down for days!!! dd kept smiling through it all!

    Erin
    Wife to a grizzly
    Mama to my little deer (12/05) my loving bear cub (9/07--), and our little tiger (3/22/10)
    Born by one c-section and 2 amazing VBACs


    Miles in 2012: 350.5/900 (Actual Miles Ran: 189)
    Miles in 2011: 708.5 (Actual Miles Ran: 509)
    Miles in 2010: 800.5 (Actual Miles Ran: 620)

    January Miles: 37.5/75
    February Miles: 59/75
    March Miles: 42.5/60
    April Miles: 64
    May Miles: 41/70
    June Miles: 59
    July Miles: 39.5

    227.5 miles on my new shoes
    338 miles on my old shoes

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