But despite my religious commitment to breastfeeding, my baby now has an ear infection and bronchiolitis.
|The day she was diagnosed with an ear infection.|
|The day she was diagnosed with bronchiolitis. She clearly prefers bronchiolitis.|
Unfortunately, germs do not listen to reason, nor do they read scholarly journal articles about the antimicrobial properties of breast milk. They pretty much gave me and Dot the middle finger. Nonetheless, I'm convinced that one of the few comforts she has right now, when her ear hurts and her chest is tight and her fever burns, is nursing. Despite her reduced appetite, my sick little dinosaur snuggles up to me every few hours just to feel my skin and play with my hair and listen to my heart beat. And if I can't make the ickiness go away, at least I can give her that. So even if the health benefits of breastfeeding are overblown, the health benefits of cuddling are pretty undeniable.
|Post-meal cuddles. And squishy face.|