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What to feed bub with diarrhea!?! I'm running low on breastmilk!

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    LLL_Sarah is offline Registered User
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    I would think very carefully about stopping breastfeeding while your baby isn't well. Remember that it is when babies are ill that they really need the antibodies in the breast milk.

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    Remember that the amount of milk you can pump is not the same as the amount you have. Your emotions made a huge difference to the amount you can pump but very little difference when your breastfeed directly. This is because your hormones work automatically when you directly breastfeed and they all help the milk ejection reflex to work better.

    So the very fact that your baby is unwell and you are worried about your milk supply will reduce the amount you can pump.

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    I also would not stop breastfeeding. I know doctors do recommend that easily, but they also have different opinions. I was told by a leading allergy specialist (Adrian Wu) to stop breastfeeding my 8 month old when he had severe exzema which he said was due to food allergies. Instead I followed the advice of a homeopath and eventually the exzema cleared up without any medication and with continued breastfeeding.

    My little one had severe diarrhea three times between the ages of 7-10 months. Each time it lasted about 2 weeks. Totally liquid for about a week, several times a day we had to change all his clothes. Was very scary. He is also thin and got very skinny. But it does clear up and in our case over the last few months he's been gaining more and is now about average.

    In any case I would say do what you feel is right. It's good your daughter likes the Rehydration Fluids, that is the most important to avoid dehydration. Take your doctor's words (and any other professional's) as advice from consultants who will have different opinions. Only you can decide what you will do, especially for something as personal as breastfeeding.

    Else I would say give your baby as much time, love and cuddles as you can, that will be the best cure.

    Good luck...

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    I agree you should try to keep nursing, but you may also want to stop all dairy products yourself. The other thing my pediatrician recommends is Pediasure diluted to half strength or even less. It has no milk, and diluting it helps you to get more liquid in. Hope this helps!

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    I have no experience with breast milk, but your child needs to continue drinking. In terms of solids, I would advise BRAT.

    B = bananas
    R = rice
    A = applesauce (no pear!!!)
    T = toast

    That's what most US ped would advise you. You can google it as well.

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    Thank you so much for everyone's advice.

    I have disregarded my doc's advice/suggestion to discontinue breastfeeding, and continued nursing my daughter.

    Gave her the BRAT diet through the entire period of diarrhea, which was effectively 7 to 8 days.

    Things got from multiples watery poops to 2-3 solidish poops to eventually 1 poop a day.

    Gave her lots of rehydration fluid, lactose free formula (Isomil) and breastmilk (water would be good too, but unfortunately my daughter hates water and only takes a few sips at one go.) I did not give her usual formula (cow's milk based) till her diarrhea was completely cleared. She was also on lacteol fort (some sort of good bacteria), they came in sachets and were prescribed by the doc.

    As told by my doc, I should not attempt to prepare homemade rehydration fluid (silly me was desperate and ignorant on the first day of her condition) Just a fyi!

    Am glad things are back on track again. Baby's appetite seems to have improved (even better than pre-diarrhea days) which is a huge relief. Fingers crossed that she could gain some much needed weight quickly! =)
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    Congrats your little one is recovered. Thanks for the info as I needed it, my baby girl just started diarrhea yesterday... hope she gets well soon...

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    BRAT is best!!!!

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    hi gladyswly, i hope all is well with your little one!!!!

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