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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Most grateful for breastfeeding

It's times like this that I am most grateful for breastfeeding. When my (almost) two year old is very sick and constantly throwing up and has diarrhea and every drop of liquid in him counts. He doesn't care about drinking, he just wants the comfort of his mother's bosom and the calming of his stomach that breastfeeding provides. Dehydration in babies is very serious. Their body mass is a higher percentage of water. Their fluid intake and output is about seven times higher in infants than in adults. The slightest changes in fluid balance can result in severe electrolyte and acid-base imbalances. So I'm grateful that I can safeguard against this a little bit. And breastmilk is ideally balanced for their body, even when sick and dehydrated.

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