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We ran into all kinds of problems. DD is 4 weeks. She has always been a sucker -- a pacifier has been a life-saver because this kid likes to suck, all the time. She would feed as much as she could get from me. She has done her job of steady weight gain, born 8 lbs and now up to 8 lbs 13 oz.
But this past week (week 4 of her lovely if exhausting existence) we've run into all kinds of problems. She has always been fussy, so that's not new. But to this was added a bit of blood and diarrhea in her stool. So the doctors checked her out and Mom is off dairy for three weeks. Now her stool is green, sometimes "foamy" or at least definitely more liquid. So this has me thinking it could be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance in addition to/instead of the dairy intolerance. Add to this the fact that I clearly have one under-performing and potentially one over-performing breast (significant size difference between the two). Oh, and my nipples are killing me after doing just fine for the previous coupe of weeks.
I tried to pump this morning for the first time. In addition to falling into tears because the ****** tube adapters don't fit the machine, the manual attempt was an epic failure involving pain and milk getting stuck in the horn and then running all over my chest and the couch. (I'm guessing a softer and smaller horn will be needed to have any hope of working.)
Wow, ok, so thanks for staying with me through that diatribe. My point being, if anyone has any experience or links with suggestions from dealing with dairy intolerance, under/over performing breast problems, foremilk/hindmilk inbalance...and trying not to cry when the ****** pump instructions inform me that I'll be a better nurser if I'm not upset I'd be most appreciative.
Dairy is a pretty common trigger for babies, definitely worth eliminating for a few weeks. here is some info from my local La Leche on it Eating Dairy-Free?
Hang in there. This too will pass. I would maybe try feeding more off the smaller breast. I had uneven boobs, one always pumped 2x's a much as the other and i would always feed on the smaller one more often and pump it more often and it eventually evened out.
Sorry you're struggling! I think you may be right about the foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. I think that some pediatricians go right to an allergy of some sort sometimes, because they may not be aware of the affect of too much foremilk, and the problems it can cause. For one thing, babies are born with the ability to produce LOTS of lactase, so true lactose intolerance in a newborn is rare (although possible). And the amount of lactose in a mother's breast milk is not related to how much dairy she consumes. Babies CAN sometimes react to the proteins in cow's milk that do show up in breast milk, though. So that can be an issue, but if it were me, I'd read up on trying to correct a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and start there, and THEN cut out dairy if necessary. But that's just me.
What kind of pump do you have? Can you order replacement tubing that would fit it properly? If you know what pump/model you have, you can search on Amazon or other places and usually find the tubing sold separately. I've never done the manual pumping thing, but I pumped for a long time, so if you have any specific questions, maybe I could help.
thank you ladies. my efforts to deal with the foremilk/hindmilk -- not correctly, clearly -- have landed me with what seems like mastitis. ugh. cabbage leaf has been applied, i'm really hoping that helps.
tomorrow i'll also be going to a local shop that holds weekly breastfeeding class tomorrow, led by a lactation specialist. i'll get the right tubing for my pump there too, and see what advice they can give me.
thanks again, this really is so much more difficult than i could have imagined.
Oh goodness! So sorry! Mastitis can get bad, so especially if you spike a fever, you may need antibiotics. Definitely good that you are able to get to a class--hopefully they can help you out with the issues you are having.
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one-hand posting here as she eats. seems like it's just a blocked duct. (i thought if it was red it was mastitis -- but there's no fever, so i should be in the clear. using home techniques of hot showers, hot compresses, breast compression and lots of feeding -- as well as that cabbage leaf--and it seems a bit better today. The doc was of little to no use -- didn't seem to think her poop turning dark green was at all concerning. But the local natural parenting shop, although i missed the breastfeeding clinic this week, was very helpful and got my pump all set. i tried it out this afternoon and have 3 happy ounces in the fridge. DH will be so happy to get to feed her tonight. And i am feeling relieved after she had a good day. Though i fear it might be the dairy since it's been a week since i cut it. hopefully if that's it, it's only a temporary thing. Although dairy being my favorite food component, at least this will make it easier to drop those pregnancy pounds.
thanks again for the support, ladies. it helped get me through a couple of really tough days.
come to the vegetarian mommies board for some non dairy advice I do not eat dairy. Anywho, a lot of babies outgrow their sensitivities over time, so you may be able to add it back in when she is a little older.