Skylar's First Cold

Nancy Horn

Posted By: Nancy Horn

After struggling with breastfeeding my first two children, I'm extremely optimistic about a more successful experience with my third and hope to make it to at least six months.

Despite my efforts to keep him separated from his brother and sister who had colds, Skylar had his first cold this week at 4½-months-old. As far as colds go it wasn't too bad for my two older children (fever only one day plus a lingering cough and runny nose), it was scary with Skylar – who had a fever, cough and congestion.

The first night was rough -- he was up all night. He could breathe, but I heard all the mucous inside of him and he had a 100 degree fever. Needless to say, we didn't sleep much and I was holding him the entire night. And we nursed a lot but I kept checking to make sure he could breathe.

I took him to the doctor the next morning fully expecting her to say it was something serious, but she diagnosed it as just a cold. I asked about breastfeeding. My doctor, who I adore, told me to pump and give Skylar the milk in a bottle and not nurse. I nodded at the time, but when I got home, I started to question it.

I've worked so hard to establish my milk supply and I wasn't sure what to do. I don't get that much when I pump lately, which would mean I would have to supplement more and I didn't want to do that. So I went to the online. According to Kellymom.com and the local La Leche League's Leader, I didn't need to take a break from feeding at the breast. Instead they recommended I change position the baby to more on top of me. That made a lot of sense because the pediatrician had said that face down was a good position to keep Skylar on my lap or on his playmat (as long as I watched him). So, that's what we did. Skylar seemed to want to nurse around every hour or so, but he was able to breathe.

While he's still congested and has a cough, he has gotten a little better and is in great spirits. And I am too, because I was able to keep supplying my milk, full of illness-fighting antibodies, to my child.

12:00pm on Friday February 11
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