Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Breastfeed or Antibiotics?
Yesterday I went to the Dr. to get checked out. I really wanted to go because me and a 3 friends are going to Chicago on Friday for a "girls weekend". I want to be better by then! I guess I have bronchitis. The Dr. gave me an antibiotic. At the pharmacy I was getting my 3 prescriptions when they mentioned amoxicillin. I then remembered I can't take that because Judah is allergic and I still nurse him. I had them hold the meds so I could go back to talk to the doc. I knew that there is antibiotics that you can take while nursing because I have had to take them before when I was nursing Kian. Amoxicillin is the one that is OK to take while nursing. So my options are don't take the antibiotic and maybe not be better by Friday or stop nursing Judah for 2 weeks. 2 weeks could very likely mean he is done all together. Now I have been thinking about laying off and not nursing him as much since he will soon be able to start drinking whole milk, but to not be prepared and just cut him off cold turkey? I completely broke down crying. How do I decide this? For those of you who have not nursed a baby for a long period of time may just not get it. Nursing to many is a very amazing way to spend time with your baby. To me it felt like someone told me you can't hug your baby anymore. It is one of those close contact things that just feels good between the two of you. Not to mention that there is so much sickness going around right now and he really needs those antibodies that he cannot get anywhere else. I did a little reading online and come to find out bronchitis is typically viral and does not get treated by an antibiotic. I think he just wanted to cover all his bases to get me better by Friday. I am so glad I have finally come to a decision after all those tears yesterday. Breastfeeding my babies is a gift and I want to decide when I am done. It would be different if I knew I was going to have more babies someday, but it is not looking like that. This is my last baby and I have to try to come to terms with that. Last night while I was crying David asked me, "what can I do for you?". I said, "Can we have another baby". He laughed and said, "NO". LOL. I guess we have to stop sometime. Right? :(