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.