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Vomiting. Dr said to give pedialyte and DON'T BF :0

That's right! My sister's 7wk old is vomiting (since last nite) and at his ped appt today he said don't BF. Only give him pedialyte. He ran blood tests and chest xrays (cuz he also has a cough with flem) and he's good. It's a viral infection. My sisters all for BF but wants to know what everyone else thinks so she can have some good ammo ;)

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Asked by Vero0724 at 5:27 PM on Dec. 21, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I think that the pediatrician is an idiot and is not educated with breastfeeding. Following that advice will jeopordize her supply. She should stick that baby on the breast.
    1. She likely already as antibodies to the bug that baby has and they will help him recover quickly!
    2. If he's taking the breast that is all the liquid he needs to prevent dehydration. If she's worried she could express some milk and give him the opportunity for a little extra between feeds with a spoon, eyedropper, or cup (a bottle might cause nipple confusion at that age).
    3. The breast is a source of comfort for the poor thing AND the skin to skin contact will help regulate his body temperature as well as keeping him calm.
    4. To give him a bit of a liquid boost...she could feed him on one side and switch to the other side mid feed and let him finish there. That way he gets double the foremilk which is lower in fat and more watery.

    Answer by amileegirl at 5:33 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • If he is already dehydrated the pedialyte could be given in addition to breastfeeding, not a substitute for it.

    Answer by amileegirl at 5:34 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • Please, tell her her ped needs to be fired!
    What awful awful advice.

    He only needs breastmilk - it will make him feel better in no time.

    Answer by ladysavage at 5:35 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • NO PEDIALYTE!!!!!!!!!

    BREAST ONLY!!!!!! breast milk will hydrate, and give baby any antibodies that mom has to the virus, helping them get well sooner, as well as necessary nutrition that sugar water can not (thats all pedialyte is). if i had listened to my ped when my ds was ill with rotovirus, he would have had to have been hospitalized.

    tell her to hydrate- drink as much fluid as she can, and nurse that baby as often as she can- every time it cries or opens its mouth shove a nipple in there!!!! if baby sleeps more than 2 hours, wake it up and nurse it!!!! that will prevent dehydration, and there is NO NEED EVER to give such a small baby ANYTHING BUT THE BREAST.

    tell her good luck, i know its hard when they are so small- its scary, but she IS doing the right thing!!!

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 5:37 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 5:39 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • Breast milk is considered a clear liquid. Continue nursing as usual, and consider looking for a different doctor.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 5:39 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • Personally, I think she needs a new doctor. Human milk is better than pedialyte in this situation. It's easy to get in them because nursing is comforting, hydrating, full of anti-bodies to fight the virus and has all the nutrients baby needs to get better.

    If baby was on formula... yea, pedialyte might be a good idea because the cows milk proteins in formula can make a stomach bug worse... but he's breastfed. The only, only reason not to nurse through any illness is if baby won't take it. My older son had laryngitis once and wouldn't nurse because his throat hurt... wouldn't drink anything else either, but that's besides the point! :)

    Tell your sister to keep nursing! Human milk is also digested so quickly, the babe should be able to digest some before throwing up, which is good. He should be better pretty quickly! Hopefully before Christmas!!

    Answer by LeanneC at 5:41 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • I agree with all the above answers, and get a new ped.

    Answer by Natsnumberthree at 5:42 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • I know, this is a young male dr. You'd think he would get the latest info!

    Answer by Vero0724 at 5:51 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • Nurse for shorter times more frequently. Breastmilk digests quickly and is a "clear liquid". If the baby vomits immediately after having some breastmilk, try waiting a little bit to give her time for her belly to settle, then try again.

    If the baby can't hold even 2-5 minutes nursing's worth of breastmilk down you CAN try a tablespoon of pedialyte. Sometimes a baby will hold that down when they won't hold breastmilk down.. But that's pretty rare. Usually it's the other way around. And Pedialyte doesn't give your baby antibodies.

    When my son had vomiting/diarrhea at 14mos I would nurse him for 2-5 minutes, wait 15-20 minutes, nurse again. He did best on this type of schedule since it never filled up his belly but he was nursing frequently enough to stay hydrated despite having horrible diarrhea and vomiting.

    Answer by Gruntlings at 5:57 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

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