The time breastfeeding was a huge challenge came this Thanksgiving. I got the mother of all stomach bugs. It came on overnight around midnight and I spent the next 8 hours throwing up every hour. Thankfully by this time, Kai was only nursing in the afternoon when I got home from work and occasionally in the morning so it wasn't like I had to try not to throw up while nursing him every two hours.
I was so incredibly thankful to be breastfeeding him still at this point since he was 18 months old. I knew that this more than anything was the one thing that could keep him from getting this stomach virus. And it did. I actually encouraged him to nurse more than the normal 1-2 times a day and stopped doing don't offer, don't refuse and would remind him to nurse.
Those antibodies are amazing things. Nearly my entire extended family got this bug since we were all together at Thanksgiving. Mr. Destructo got it and my sister who keeps Kai two days a week both got it. And yet Kai didn't catch it. He also didn't catch the stomach bug I got days before Christmas. I was so very thankful that such a simple and totally natural act could keep my baby so healthy. I also was glad that I decided to extended breastfeed him at this point.
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