Okay.... just wondering what you guys think about these things...
At DS's 15 month appt (yeah, he's 16 months - we were late), the doctor (who I really like! I have no complaints about him) said that I should put cow's milk in DS's sippy instead of water because its "healthy." (Maybe he thinks I am anti-cow's milk because I'm still bf'ing?) I told the doctor that DS does not drink cow's milk. I pump at work and bf at home. I know he's getting enough milk. I don't think cow's milk is necessary. Why would it be? Doctor said that milk has more vitamins/minerals than water, which is fine, but I actually think water is more important than milk if he's already getting plenty with bf'ing.
So what do you guys think? Do you think cow's milk is that important? I am actually not a fan of cow's milk at all - I drink limited amounts myself. DS is getting calcium from other sources like cheese, veggies, beans... etc.
My other issue: I went to the doctor yesterday because I was having breathing problems. I have bronchitis - I told the doctor I was breastfeeding. So, he gave me a breathing treatment (albuterol and some other meds) and then prescribed an antibiotic, an inhaler, and a decongestent with pseudoephedrine. He said they will be in the breastmilk in trace amounts and the decongestant might cause "jitteriness" in my baby. Just what I want - a jittery baby! Anyways - so I get the prescriptions filled and I ask the pharmacist about breastfeeding with the prescriptions and she says that I shouldn't take any of them while breastfeeding!
So, I decided to wait until today to take the antibiotic and DS won't be home until after 5 (I sent him to his auntie's). I didn't take the decongestant. I did use the inhaler twice last night, but it was hours before I bf again - I figured a living mom with some meds in the bm is better than a mom who can't breath I called our regular doc this morning to get his opinion on all of these meds. The thing I worry about with the decongestant is drying up my milk - especially because I really make just enough for him now. I probably won't take that. However, the inhaler has been fantastic and I actually haven't needed it today, and I think the antibiotics are necessary.
Geez - such a long post - but do any of you have experience using these meds while bf'ing? Especially while bf'ing a toddler?