Diarrhea and a breastfeeding toddler

My little one had diarrhea two weeks ago and it was a difficult experience especially that it is the first time that this happened. As usual, my pediatrician (sadly, I have not yet changed her maybe after winter I will) is not a breastfeeding advocate so one of the things she wanted me to remove in my little one’s diet during the diarrhea period is breastmilk or any other type of milk/dairy. I consulted with my lactation consultants back in the Philippines and Nay Ines Avellana advised me to continue with breastfeeding and complement it with mashed food made with natural products.

Luckily, one of the recipes that Nay Ines suggested is to make “lugaw” or the Filipino version of congee. This food is also good for little ones starting 12 months and up. It’s very filling and the ingredients are even good for those who have diarrhea or flu. However, an original congee will contain chicken and egg but since little ones are eating this then I am not including them in the recipe. Here’s the recipe:


  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 cups of uncooked white rice (if you are using glutinous rice, just make it 1 1/2 cup because it absorbs more water than ordinary white rice)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 whole head garlic, minced finely
  • 1 tablespoon sliced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of onion, minced finely
  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  1. Bring water and rice to a boil in a large pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is soft, about 25 minutes. Add the fish sauce, salt, and pepper while stirring.
  2. Heat olive oil in a separate saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in the hot oil until golden brown, 5 minutes. Transfer half of the garlic to a small bowl.
  3. Stir ginger into the garlic remaining in the saucepan; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir  garlic, ginger and onion mixture into the rice. Simmer on low, stirring constantly, until rice reaches a porridge-like consistency, about 5 minutes.
  5. Do not serve hot to your little one, let it cool first.

So, my little one survived diarrhea with just breastmilk and “lugaw”. It lasted for two days  but I am glad there is no fever that accompanied the diarrhea. Lesson here is that breastmilk should never be removed from your little one’s diet because it helps in fighting the bacteria that caused the diarrhea.

By the way, bundle up guys! And be careful in your commute this afternoon especially those living in Toronto area.