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Please give me your experiences of feeding baby while getting jabs

(21 Posts)
lighteningmcmama Sun 14-Dec-14 08:24:38

9wo dd has first jabs tomorrow. I would like to feed her while she is having the jabs. Have you done this and was the nurse receptive to the idea? With dd1 I fed her straight after but dd2 won't latch on on at all if she's distressed for any reason which is why I want to start feeding her before


PotteringAlong Sun 14-Dec-14 08:26:38

I did because I was feeding in the waiting room and the nurse told me to carry on! I did have to swap sides to do the other leg but as he hadn't noticed the first jab going in it wasn't a problem.

evertonmint Sun 14-Dec-14 08:27:42

Yes I've done this with mine. Nurses have all thought it was an excellent idea.

Tzibeleh Sun 14-Dec-14 08:30:47

I did this with two of my dc, over several jabs, so with different nurses. Most were receptive, some even encouraging, but one was very dismissive and did not want to wait for me to get the LO settled on the breast.

But remember, this is YOUR child. The nurse cannot touch them without your express permission. So, if in the (IMO very unlikely) possibility that you get a pushy or dismissive nurse, just stand your ground and say "Wait until I'm ready".

Feeding while jabbing made all the difference, especially for the earliest jabs.

Littlef00t Sun 14-Dec-14 10:10:26

I did this with mine, dd cried and re-latched, only issue was how long after they were given I could stay as they had to get on. Ended up un latching to take dd out and my milk was spurting everywhere from the crying and I had massive wet patches, so wear good breast pads and perhaps another cardy to cover up!

AhoyMcCoy Sun 14-Dec-14 10:18:09

Two different nurses told me I wasn't allowed to feed during jabs - now I'm guessing that is complete bullshit and it probably just made them uncomfortable. The first one said my child could gag and choke if she was feeding when the jab went in and the second said it wasn't advised because then babies associate feeding with the pain of the jab and very frequently refuse to breastfeed again after that. I'm annoyed at myself for just accepting it now.

strawberryblondebint Sun 14-Dec-14 10:20:13

I was discouraged as well and to be honest wish I had stood my ground. I ended up getting mil to take baby. I cry when it's my babies

SweetsForMySweet Sun 14-Dec-14 10:23:18

I was discouraged from feeding during but did it immediately afterwards.

Panzee Sun 14-Dec-14 10:24:50

I was asked by the nurse if I could feed him so he was distracted. smile

dancingwitch Sun 14-Dec-14 10:26:11

I was encouraged to feed my DC & they fed throughout although DC2 's head was being quite firmly held in place for jab 2!
I went in, wiggled legs out of babygro, latched on & then got feeding started whilst the nurse asked some questions, told me what was going to happen etc. I didn't even have to get them to swap sides for the second jab.

sillymillyb Sun 14-Dec-14 10:27:27

I tried to feed and it went really wrong as ds didn't want to latch on and so I was just sat there with my boob out spurting milk as he was crying so much!

RhinestoneCowgirl Sun 14-Dec-14 10:29:34

Not with jabs, but nurse encouraged me to bf DS when she was taking blood (he was about 3 months old). It made the whole process much pleasanter, he didn't even stop suckling as the needle went in.

IWantToMakePeppaBacon Sun 14-Dec-14 11:24:37

I asked the nurse if I could feed while she did DS's jabs and she refused! Said it was better for him to be able to cry hmm

WiggleGinger Sun 14-Dec-14 11:40:00

Hmmm I was told dd would choke too hmmhmmhmm
Now feeling annoyed that because of this advice previously I didn't even ask when taking DS. I just fed him straight after.
Worth baring in mind for next time though

Gunpowder Sun 14-Dec-14 12:44:28

I was told not too for the first one until afterwards too and DD roared. Second time, more sympathetic nurse and I fed her during - there was barely a whimper. Much better

lighteningmcmama Sun 14-Dec-14 15:24:04

Thank you all so much. Feel much better about insisting now if the nurse is reluctant!

squizita Sun 14-Dec-14 19:20:58

I couldn't feed for the rotavirus as it's oral. But the nurse suggested feeding (though warned me correctly she might unlatch and squeal) for the jabs.
Luckily my dd will latch and suck like mad as a comfort!

MintSource Sun 14-Dec-14 19:40:54

I was advised to leave 10 mins either side of the oral rotavirus which happens at same time as the jabs to avoid the risk of the baby being sick and needing the oral dose again. So no to feeding through jabs.

I wonder if quieter surgeries allow it though. Ours is always mobbed for baby clinics.

ChristmassyMe Sun 14-Dec-14 19:45:25

I have fed dd and ds through quite a few jabs and it definitely helped - much less crying! Only once a nurse refused - she said dd would bite me when she felt the jab so could I unlatch her. Nonsense and I regret complying!

lighteningmcmama Tue 16-Dec-14 12:54:35

We got the jabs done, and the nurse was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I didn't even ask about feeding, circumstances were just that I didn't get a chance to ask and I just got on and tried to feed dd after the rotavirus vaccine and the nurse just got on with giving her the jabs while I was trying to get dd to latch on! She didn't latch, just wanted to go back to sleep but the nurse was just wonderful, she didn't question it at all.

A far cry from my experience with dd1 where I put in a complaint about weird nurse who sat and stared at my breast when I fed her after the jabs. Thankfully I left that surgery after a catalogue of incidents that that was just a part of!

Thanks allsmile

Gunpowder Wed 17-Dec-14 11:34:22

Yay! So pleased wasn't a trauma for either of you, (I always think it's worse for us than the babies!) so glad you had someone good. smile

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