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forgive lack of caps, pumping- for a 2.5+yr old....(8 mo, not 6)<br>
he came down with a cold a week ago- got an increasingly stuffed nose and he was doing a suck suck suck, unlach, gasp gasp gasp-repeat.<br>
I found out today he may have the start of whooping cough... dr said my nursing him probably helped stave it off, though i told him in the last 2 days he had stopped, just licking my nipple.(not my idea of a good time, so i would put her away.)<br>
at one point I offered and he pulled my shirt down... so I am left wondering- is this it?<br>
so I hand expressed some and offered my tbsp of mm to him in a cup... he gulped it down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> encouraged, i grabbed my pump from the attic and started pumping. he is quite interested in this and started saying, "chocolate!- mmmmmm"....I said, "no, vanilla."<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
the then started to pretend eat at the bottle....<br>
I asked him if he would nurse when he could breathe better- no response, not a huge talker at the moment<br>
at the moment i am happy to provide.<br>
i think it is cool to be able to make mm...<br>
does anyone pump just to keep up supply during this transition, like for as long as he will drink it from a cup?<br>
I know it is healthy for my breasts to make milk... I love the hormones and good let down feelings...<br>
throwing thoughts out there...<br>
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Sounds like nursing strike started by the discomfort of his plugged nose. Normal self-weaning is usually not all of a sudden, but very gradual. I'd be ok with selfweaning in my own dc at that age but this just doesn't sound like it. I would keep offering if it were my ds. I'd tell him, when your nose is better we can nurse again.<br>
some good info from kellymom.com:<br><br><br>
Offer the breast for comfort any time you see a chance- at the end of a feeding when baby is not hungry, when baby is going to sleep or just waking up, when baby is asleep, and whenever he needs to comfort suck If your baby is actively resisting nursing, then try encouraging comfort nursing after baby is comfortable with skin-to-skin contact. After baby is willing to nurse for comfort, you can then proceed to working on nursing for "meals" as well.<br><br>
Good for you for pumping to keep up your supply! What a cute comment about the chocolate, lol.
 

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I'm currently nursing my 29mth old DD and her new 2mth old sister. DD had a cold when the baby was born and I thought for sure she was done. She was overcome by the sudden flood of postpartum milk and so congested that she couldn't do more than gasp a couple times before giving up. I still offered but she was refusing me at that point. (Had no fears of supply issues with the newborn draining things down.) To my surprise, once she was better, she started nursing again!<br><br>
This past week or so, she has caught another bug that stuffed her up. The baby has been sick as well. Through the years, I found nothing works better to help loosen congestion for a feeding than a little bit of EBM up the nose. The baby will suck it up, it thins out all that gunk, doesn't cause a nasty taste in their throats and if there is some green going on, it will even clear that up! So, I was doing it to the baby and since DD really wanted to nurse, I did it for her as well. She didn't like it too much but was thrilled with the little cup of milk I had hand expressed in order to put it into a nose dropper. She drank it right up! LOL<br><br>
As long as you want to pump and he wants to drink it, I say go for it. It will do nothing but make him better faster and if he then decides he wants to go back to nursing, the milk is still there for him.<br><br>
I hope he is feeling better soon!
 

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Thanks so much for replying!<br><br>
It was a tough few days.... I do believe now it was just the nose as he has resumed nursing. Thank goodness I pumped a bit and was also hand expressing. I had reason to, the other night I got pink eye and have been using my own breastmilk to self treat.<br><br>
Thanks again....
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Good news!
 
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