Should I still breastfeed a 2 yr old who has D&V bug? Dr says no.

(35 Posts)
OPeaches Fri 08-Mar-13 16:48:01

Is he right? DD is a week away from turning two and usually just has one feed a day. She's had D&V bug for three days and is keeping very lite down, but does want to breastfeed. GP said not to give her milk, including breast milk, because the lactose makes them throw up. I always thought to keep on feeding, that's certainly what I did when she was younger.

Anyone know?

WantAnOrange Sun 10-Mar-13 07:44:48

I think this is daft advice. DD had a tummy bug at 4 months, of course I carried on bf, what else would you do if your DC hadnt weaned? Let them starve?

Glad your LO is on the mend.

Pandasandmonkeys Sun 10-Mar-13 05:20:42

Yes please feed!! I was told the same and as a ftm I took the advice and did as I was told. After 12 hours of watching DS suffering and an actual row with the nurse on duty who didn't want me to feed , I checked the UNICEF and WHO guidelines -both say continue feeding through a d and v bug except in very exceptional circumstances - I fed him and within a few hours he was on the mend.

Keep feeding, it will keep her hydrated at least.

Hope she's feeling better soon.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 09-Mar-13 08:27:41

So glad you have ignored the advice of your GP and she has turned a corner smile

OPeaches Sat 09-Mar-13 07:32:17

She's a bit better this morning. Had a huge BF over an hour ago and hasn't thrown it up . . . yet. No sickness or diahorrea since 8pm, feels like a but of a miracle.

GardenPath Sat 09-Mar-13 04:57:09

Your tits know what's best - if babs finds it a comfort to bf, let her. Even if she pukes it up and out the other end. With a D&V bug, thank God you're still bf-ing - if you'd weaned her by now she certainly wouldn't want food.

mathanxiety Sat 09-Mar-13 04:38:45

Doctor is wrong.

Are you trying her with re-hydrating drinks (sports, etc., not flat 7up or other sugary beverages)?

I hope your LO is better peaches. If not, I will reiterate what everyone else has said. My HCPs say that BM counts as a 'clear fluid' for the purposes of D and V.

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 08-Mar-13 21:02:02

How is she now peaches ?

BeaWheesht Fri 08-Mar-13 20:45:10

Keep feeding

Dr talking utter utter rubbish, keep feeding!

memememum Fri 08-Mar-13 20:40:16

Hello Peaches. Can I sympathise with you. I'm sitting on sofa with now sleeping 16 month old after a day filled with poo and sick. (Luckily he has a big sister otherwise we would have run out of clothes).

I spoke to the doctor on the phone and think I was lucky to get more balanced advice than yours gave. She said that ideally they would have little sips of drink every half hour or so as more likely to keep that down, but she realised that was easier said than done with breast feeding and I could reassure myself that he's well hydrated by looking for wet nappies and that he is alert and not floppy or more drowsy than normal. She also said to keep an eye out for a temperature or rash.

Hope you get some sleep tonight.

carre Fri 08-Mar-13 17:50:23

breastfeed and for antibodies and easy digestible nutrition

Startail Fri 08-Mar-13 17:38:33

If you BF beyond a year it's best not to mention it except if they are prescribing you something. it just causes confused

OPeaches Fri 08-Mar-13 17:29:13

blush
Thanks everyone else too - cross-posted, didn't just ignore everyone after Tiktok!

OPeaches Fri 08-Mar-13 17:28:15

Thanks Tiktok. I will let him know.

WoTmania Fri 08-Mar-13 17:25:10

Dr is wrong...BM doesn't count as dairy. Your milk will hydrate and nourish your 2yo and provide antibodies.

KatherineKrupnik Fri 08-Mar-13 17:24:07

I wish doctors got proper training on breastfeeding. My DP is one so I know they don't I train him

tiktok Fri 08-Mar-13 17:20:35

The OP's doc had told her it was the lactose that would make her throw up, not the protein.

Pancakeflipper Fri 08-Mar-13 17:11:44

Might make a difference to CMP... Well that's what guidance I was given for a dairy intolerant child

munchkinmaster Fri 08-Mar-13 17:06:19

My baby is sick at the mo and feeding makes her chuck. At the moment we are on short feeds and bread, water and diaroalyte. It's poo (literally) but any milk seems too heavy for her. She's surviving - my boobs not exploded (yet).

tiktok Fri 08-Mar-13 17:05:53

Cutting down dairy intake by a mother makes no difference to the lactose in the milk - lactose is there whatever, 'cos it is the milk sugar in all mammalian milks. Cows' milk contains lactose and they eat (lactose-free) grass smile

Please let your doc know how wrong his advice was, Peaches.

Pancakeflipper Fri 08-Mar-13 17:00:56

You could cut down on your own dairy intake just for peace of mind but by the time the cut back shows in your milk hopefully your child will be better

OPeaches Fri 08-Mar-13 16:57:50

Thank you all for the quick advice. I thought he was talking rubbish too, will ignore. She's keeping nothing in for longer than five minutes.

Whyriskit Fri 08-Mar-13 16:57:30

Dr is talking nonsense. DS2 had vomiting bug at the same age last year and doc said it was only me feeding him that kept him out of hospital as it was all he could keep down.

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