sick baby and pumping

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Registered: 10-28-2009
sick baby and pumping
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Sun, 04-17-2011 - 10:14pm

so im going to start posting here now since DD will be 6 months this week. this weekend baby has been sick 103 degree fever and a stuffy nose. shes not nursing well at all sometimes shes not even taking a bottle well. shes also stuck to me like glue miserable and wanting held all the time. im nervous with her not nursing well

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 04-18-2011 - 5:06am

A stuffy nose can certainly make it difficult for a baby to nurse, as they cannot breathe properly while nursing. Can you try to get rid of the stuffiness eg by suctioning, or even having some vapour in the room to ease it a bit? These may assist.

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Registered: 11-06-2006
Mon, 04-18-2011 - 8:54pm
I second Teresa's comments, but you can also try some saline nasal spray/drops in her nose to loosen the congestion and make it easier for her to clear. If she isn't feeding well, and you aren't pumping, your supply will take a dip. It's the rules of supply and demand. Typically, once baby is feeling better they have a day or two of more frequent nursing to help recover from the dip, but as I remember you've had problems getting the baby to nurse for a while. (Excuse me if I'm getting you confused with someone else!) I would suggest that your really need to try to work in some more pumping sessions to make up for the poor feedings.

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Registered: 12-21-2009
Tue, 04-19-2011 - 7:34pm

Hopefully

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte

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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 12:07am

i did check with the doc pretty much just said theyve seen alot of high fever virus'. shes still having enough wets they told me to offer pedialyte if i was concerned but im not too much of a fan especially because shes still peeing so much. i probably shouldnt have even of put shes stuffy because really

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Registered: 05-20-2006
Sun, 04-24-2011 - 4:24pm

My now 4.5 month old has had multiple colds/viral bugs this winter (thanks to her big brother!).

 


 


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Registered: 06-10-2008
Tue, 04-26-2011 - 9:34pm
Is she feeling any better? How's she nursing these days?
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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 12:19pm

its actually gotten worse, shell really only nurse over night and first thing in the morning. the dr attributes it to her above average activity level. Ive been trying to pump and offer her bottles shes still getting up every 2 hours at night to eat and refusing almost everything all day she wont even lay still long enough for a bottle. Solids are going well enough but not helping with the sleep at all. im doing my best to keep up my supply but obviously i dont respond quite as well to the pump as i do to her nursing. the doctor gave me a hand out today about how to cut out some night feedings it says a BF baby at her age should be able to go 7 hours at a time over night and i gather i should probably stop letting her fall asleep at the breast. easier said than done because theres no sleep in this house ! obviously shes gaining well she was 13lbs 11oz 23 inches

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Registered: 12-21-2009
Wed, 04-27-2011 - 9:42pm

I respectfully disagree with the doctor's suggestion that the baby 'should' be able to go a certain amount of time sleeping at night. Readiness for sleeping long stretches varies widely. Babies naturally fall asleep at the breast and again, I have to respectfully disagree with the doctor. I also think it would be dangerous to eliminate night bf if that is the only time the baby bf well.

When you are using bottles during the day have you tried to give some bottle first and then the breast as described here:

Bottles to breastfeeding

http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/bbreastfeed/0,,b0z780pm,00.html

I'm not surprised the solids aren't helping with sleep. The research is pretty consistent that offering solids (and formula) doesn't improve sleep stretches.

We know that babies typically get as much as 25% of their breast milk via night feedings so I don't know if I would try to cut them out at this point.

Warmly,

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC
iVillage lactation consultant

and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, and Maura

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 2:25am
So the info in the hand out seems to be more geared for a ff baby even though it says most BF babies at 5 months can do 7 hour stretches at night and don't nutrionally need the calories at night also says to try to stretch day feedings to 4 hours apart but essentially if I just do the math giving DD that stretch at night she would get 4 feedings a day typically from a bottle she can't take more than 4 oz or she spits up that's 16 oz a day not enough per day per my pediatrician so that's just stupid. The article did have some things I may use I agree it's ok to let her fall asleep that way however once she's eating better during the day I dont want to be up every 2 hours comforting her with the breast just to get back to sleep so well probably allow her to wake a little before putting her down so she can sooth herself I already do this at bedtime sometimes it works fine for now I still respond and feed everytime she gets up. The dr pretty much said this is what she's doing now and unless I plan on letting her cry hungry for a whole night I'll have to wait it out and idk what mother could do that im thankful tonight she went to bed at 830 and now at 2 am this is our first wake up after I was able to have 6 good day nurses and 2 the night before who knows going to take this as it comes I'm not going to give up bc it's obvious DD wouldn't take well to not having boob time even if she does only want it over night I just hope to get some rest soon
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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 9:06am

hang in there mama...sounds like dd is reverse cycling IMO

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