Sick Baby... Nursing Strike... What to do?

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Registered: 11-20-2000
Sick Baby... Nursing Strike... What to do?
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 12:26pm

Nursing issue.... Josh my 4 month old has a cold with lots of congestion. He is just refusing to nurse... I mean he'll do it for a short time, very briefly but nothing like normal. What should I do? Give him a bottle? Pump? Will this affect my supply? Quick responses are much appreciated. Thanks!

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 12:40pm
Megan, I'm so sorry Josh is not feeling well and thus not nursing well. When babies are sick, they typically do better with shorter more frequent nursing sessions so even if he just nurses a few minutes, that's ok and you can try again a little while later. If you feel like he's not taking much, it's probably a good idea to pump to maintain supply. If he's too stuffy to nurse, offering a bottle probably isn't going to go a lot better so I'd recommend sticking with the breast unless he's truly striking and not nursing at all. Some moms find nursing in a steamy bathroom with the hot shower running helps baby unstuff a bit. I hope he gets over this quickly! Dana
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Registered: 12-21-2009
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 10:12pm

I agree it would be good to breastfeed frequently, as often as the baby wants. Also, pumping to maintain supply if the baby isn't breastfeeding well. Watch the diapers and make sure the baby is wetting at least 5-6 diapers per 24 hours. Certainly checking in with the doctor would be a good idea especialy since your LO is only 4 months old. Anytime a baby that age suddenly changes feeding it's a good idea to check in with the doctor b/c there may be something going on that needs medical attention. Hopefully nothing serious but it will be good to be reassured and then you can work on making sure the baby continues to breastfeed. The doctor may even have options to help the baby feel better.

Hope your little one feels better soon


Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

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