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21 mo in hospital-tell me it’s normal for her to comfort (breast) feed

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Orangedaisy · 23/11/2018 20:50

Am in hospital with 21mo DD. Second night here. She’s exhausted but won’t go in cot and has been feeding for 2 hours on and off. She’s not mega poorly probably , has something unknown so we’re waiting for tests. Nurse just came in and I expressed my frustration with this feeding and she said ‘isn’t he on solids yet?’ (To my DD). It is perfectly normal for her to want me and comfort feed in this situation isn’t it?! I’m sure I’m right but confidence dented by exhaustion.

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Goposie · 23/11/2018 20:55

I say normal

Bythebeach · 23/11/2018 20:56

Completely normal

Naschkatze · 23/11/2018 20:57

Sending Flowers and positive thoughts to you and your DD. I don't have experience of long term feeding as my DS (same age) self weaned but I'd say it is totally normal for her to want to feed for comfort when she is not well, has to be a good way to keep her fluid intake up too. Keep doing what you're doing! Hope you can get home with her soon.

DaanSaaf · 23/11/2018 20:57

Of course it's normal

ohlittlepea · 23/11/2018 21:00

Completely may want to signpost the team to the hospital breastfeeding campaign.

ItWasntMeItWasIm · 23/11/2018 21:00

Totally natural. My dd had open heart surgery at 18 months and asked to feed a lot as soon as she was able. That was interesting with all the wires and tubes 😄

The nurses were a bit surprised that I was still breastfeeding, but were helpful. I'm sure it helped with her recovery.

Quantumblue · 23/11/2018 21:01

Normal and how fantastic that you have the perfect way to comfort her and get nutrition in when she is unwell.

Orangedaisy · 23/11/2018 21:11

Thanks all. She’s finally fed to sleep and in cot. I was also told earlier that they provide food for bf mums and congratulated for it. They went to get me a menu. Only to be told on their return that my baby was too old so I had to get my own food. No major drama, I have people to help, but a real kick when I’m on my knees trying to do best for my baby. Sleep now....

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porger80 · 23/11/2018 21:12

My mum was an HV and even she was a bit squeamish about extended feeding. You are providing comfort and nutrition to your LG. She's so lucky to have you esp right now. You don't need to justify your behaviour, you should be getting some kind of victory parade!

Getoffthetableplease · 23/11/2018 21:17

Aww I'm glad she's a bit more settled now. It's perfectly normal though, a massive comfort to her and will be especially appreciated if she's in such unfamiliar surroundings. Keep on doing what you're doing. You must be tired too, I hope you both have a restful eve x

Orangedaisy · 23/11/2018 21:18

Thanks. I’ve saved the hospital breastfeeding lead on my phone so I can email with a rant in the morning. They claim links to the LLL so I may actually go through them to help form my argument less emotionally.

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