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10 month old DD vomiting for 2 days. GP said to stop breastfeeding her altogether...?

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Fufulina Thu 15-Oct-09 18:56:56

Hi - my DD is 10 months old and has been vomiting for the last 2 days - she's been sick about 15 times in the last 48 hours. It started Tuesday night so I've not given her anything other than breastmilk since then.

Went to the GP this afternoon as she hasn't had a wet nappy all day and he said to stop breastfeeding her altogether as all milk is difficult for babies to deal with when ill and just to give her juice. Is this right? It sounds completely counter-intuitive to me...?

Would appreciate any thoughts.


QueenOfFrighteningEveryone Thu 15-Oct-09 18:59:52

No no no this is not good advice!

BM is perfect for babies, especially ill ones. It has everything she needs plus tailormade antibodies to whatever she is ill with.

Plus, stopping altogether would wreak havoc with your supply.

Phone him tomorrow. Ask him to clarify and to give you references to back up his bollocks advice.

BertieBotts Thu 15-Oct-09 19:03:28

What? No, breastmilk is the most easily digested foodstuff! It's probably that cow's milk is hard for our bodies to digest when we are ill, since we're not really designed to drink the milk of another mammal.

PoisonToadstool Thu 15-Oct-09 19:03:50

No, very bad advice - as QofFE says.

It may be all she can keep down - I fed DS through 2 or 3 vomiting episodes and I am convinced that breastmilk kept him from becoming dehydrated.

Poor DD and poor you, I hope she is better soon, it's so rotten when they're ill. Aside from nutrition you will be giving her so much comfort - I can't imagine how upset DS would have been if refused BM at that age

Fufulina Thu 15-Oct-09 19:06:41

Thank God! I thought I was going mad! Had a few pointed words anyway at his comment that 'breastfeeding is fine for the first 6 months for bonding and stuff, but after that...', but then lost my nerve as wasn't sure that he wasn't spouting bollocks about just juice...

Thanks all for the very swift replies!

tiktok Thu 15-Oct-09 19:08:38

Very (ahem) unusual could call the surgery even now and ask for clarification, quoting some of the refs here...don't say 'cos I read on the internet....'

You may get put through to the out of hours service, but this will at least get you a doctor.

Fufulina Thu 15-Oct-09 19:22:12

Thanks Tiktok - have put a call in to the out-of-hours service and a GP is getting back to me... Thanks again everyone.

QueenOfFrighteningEveryone Thu 15-Oct-09 19:23:22

Let us know what they say!

bibbitybobbityCAT Thu 15-Oct-09 19:26:21

I would stop breastfeeding her and give her water or dioralyte. Pump and discard if you are worried about your supply.

Protein in the stomach provides the perfect breeding ground for the bugs.

LeonieBooCreepy Thu 15-Oct-09 19:30:08

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bibbitybobbityCAT Thu 15-Oct-09 20:25:30

Sorry, but I disagree. Try not feeding her for 6 hours.

If you have a stomach virus do you eat?

QueenOfFrighteningEveryone Thu 15-Oct-09 21:05:20

BM is pretty low in protein though isn't it? Nothing like the amount (or indigestibility) of that in formula.

Plus it will adapt to provide what a baby needs at that time - antibodies for example.

The best thing for babies with a stomach bug is breastmilk. Oral rehydration fluids have no benefit when used in place of breastmilk. Even if rehydration therapy is needed, the WHO recommend BF alongside.

LeonieBooCreepy Thu 15-Oct-09 22:29:37

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Pannacotta Thu 15-Oct-09 22:32:49

I agree its much better to carry on feeding, the risk of dehydration is much higher if you don't feed her.

GPs often give odd advice about breastfeeding, I have tended not to listen and look elsewhere for info.

Hope she gets better soon...

mawbroon Thu 15-Oct-09 22:33:44

I was told a couple of years back to stop breastfeeding ds during a particularly nasty stomach bug, and to give him RIBENA instead.

I ignored this advice and went on to complain about it. My complaint was sent to the paed at the children's hospital and he confirmed that continuing to breastfeed was the best thing to do.

Your GP seems a tad confused between breastmilk, and dairy.

Hope your dd is better soon.

Squiglet Thu 15-Oct-09 22:38:09

Nononononononononononononononono - BM is the best thing for your baby. Very very poorly babies in hospital can often manage BM as it is the completely best and persoanlly made thing for them. YOur GP may be a dr but he isnt an expert in bfeeding.

FFS, when DD2 had rotavirus I was told this, and even prescribed paed dioralyte for her as it was 'better'.
Of course that is vile and made her vom so I BF her.
What worked for me was only letting her feed for 2 minutes at a time and then leaving her for 2 minutes, that way she didn't stuff herself so much she was sick as it forced her to feed slowly.

He means cows milk is terribly bad for uset stomachs, and he's right, but he is also a twat.

Hope she feels better soon, if it helps DD2 threw up for 3 days and then just stopped after I started feeding her little and often. Luckily all she wanted to do for the next few days was cuddle in fron to trash daytiome tv, how handysmile

LeonieBooCreepy Thu 15-Oct-09 22:44:06

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moondog Thu 15-Oct-09 22:45:05

Fucking idiot.

Squiglet Thu 15-Oct-09 22:49:58

grin well worded moondog

nigglewiggle Thu 15-Oct-09 22:53:45

I learned on another thread (from two doctors) that GP's get absolutely no training in breastfeeding - says it all really.

bibbitybobbityCAT Thu 15-Oct-09 22:55:50

Water also hydrates a baby.

I stopped feeding my breastfed babies when they were vomiting and they recovered quickly.

But, hey, what do I know?

StarlightMcKenzie Thu 15-Oct-09 22:57:18

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Squiglet Thu 15-Oct-09 22:57:50

not sure what you know tbh as you likened it to being a food. Not going ot get into to a big debate, but am bfing 2nd child and have fed both children when sick and all the advice i received was to continue bfeeding. (also a nurse so some knowledge of hydration needs, but again hey ho what do i know?)

FlappyTheBat Thu 15-Oct-09 22:59:32

No no no, breast milk is easily digested and when my dd1 had a stomach bug at 9 months, my GP told me to keep exclusively breastfeeding her until the vomiting stopped and then gradually reintroduce her normal diet over a few days.

I liked my gp as he was very very sensible!

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