One of Those Split-second Parenting DecisionsNaomi Odes
Yesterday, Fuzz came down with a very sudden high fever. He woke up from his nap slightly crankier than usual, and he wouldn’t be put down, wouldn’t eat, and was getting hotter by the second.
He was with his nanny and when I returned from picking up the Shnook from school, he had a fever of 103. He still wouldn’t eat, and what’s worse, he wouldn’t drink, which greatly worried me, because when I called the pediatrician she said to make sure he was getting fluids.
What could I do? I tried water, I tried almond milk, I avoided cow’s milk because I don’t think dairy is good for sick people in general. I thought about that bottle of Pedialyte sitting in the back of the pantry. It had been there for a bit longer than I cared to digest, and I’m not even sure if it has an expiration since I’ve never actually used it.
But if he wouldn’t take water in a bottle, he surely wouldn’t take Pedialyte. He wasn’t puking, either.
Then, I remembered something that he would drink…
I know what you’re thinking.
“You weaned, Naomi! You haven’t nursed in 12 days! You’re going to ruin everything if you give him a boob! Plus, there’s no way you have milk left in there!”
I did, and I did.
I mean, I nursed him, and I had milk in there. In fact, I’ve been leaking every morning since I came back from my girls’ weekend. So yeah, that was no problem. He drank for about 5 minutes. After that he was much more active (also thanks to the ibuprofen kicking in) and even wanted to eat a little.
When he came off, he continued to ask for it, but less aggressively than he has been every day since I came home.
Have I jumped right back into my 4-5X a day routine? Nope. It was just the one time. I was worried that he’d be confused, but honestly he was so lethargic that he wasn’t processing it. My older son did make a note of it:
“Hey! I thought your Mommy Milk was all gone!”
That was a little more challenging. I explained to both boys that yes, it is almost all gone, but because Fuzz is sick I gave him a little of what was left.
I’m really glad I had the option. Breastmilk vs. Pedialyte? It’s a no-brainer. Knowing I still had milk gave me more confidence that it was the right thing in my situation.
I know, if it had been a month from now, I probably wouldn’t be able to give him any, and he might not even take it if I tried.
What would you have done in my shoes? Would you have fed him after so long without?
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