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I am looking for some advice maybe someone who has had a similiar experience. 10 days ago I developed bacterial meningitis overnight, I was hospitalized for over a week and am now continuing one more week of IV antibiotics through a central line at home. Fortunately it was caught quickly, and today I am up to using the computer again...but my poor poor little girl - 12 mo, whom I did not get to even see for 8 days in the hospital, and can't even carry yet due to weakness, is very unhappy and confused as she cannot nurse while I am finishing the high dose antibiotic. No one even thought about my need to pump during the first 36 hours I was in the hospital, and I was so ill that when my husband did bring the pump to me it took a lot of strength to pump enough to just make me comfortable during my stay, which wasn't nearly frequent enough to keep up my milk supply under the circumstances. So now that I am a little better at home I don't know if I should start pumping frequently to try and produce again, or if it is "all over" - I know that Hanna still wants to nurse, she crawls over and pulls my shirt up frequently and has to be distracted with other food/toys. Has anyone had this type of situation before and any ideas...or even ideas on how to help a confused little girl who has taken to throwing tantrums every five minutes because her mommy won't nurse her and can't carry her around.
 

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What antibiotics are you taking? Almost all of them are compatible with breastfeeding. I can look it up for you - even some of the heavy duty IV ones are compatible.
 

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You're in a tough spot, metzbn. I recommend checking on the compatibility of those antibiotics--they're probably fine with breastfeeding and you've just been told otherwise by a scared/inexperienced (in breastfeeding) doc just to be on the safe side. But it's not the "safe side" for you! It's the most difficult side. Do a little research on that antibiotic or call an IBCLC in your area.<br><br>
Definitely keep pumping as much as your strength will let you. Your daughter will likely be very glad to return to the breast (and you will probably be glad to have her back!) It's not "all over" and breastfeeding after 1yo just becomes more rewarding and fun. You don't want to miss out on that if you can help it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good job catching and treating that meningitis so quickly. What a tough thing to go through--remember to help yourself heal, too, and don't stress out too much.
 

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You were both right!! The infectious disease doctor was uneducated - I called the pediatrician after reading your replies and he gave me the go ahead (even at the high IV dose it is minimally secreted), to breast feed Hanna <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She is sleeping now but will be so happy when she wakes up to her mommy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thank you so much for your encouragement to find the real answer!
 
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