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November 1st, 2006, 09:39 AM
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I am having a hard time. I have been BF'ing and supplementing, but my baby is allergic to soemthing in my diet. She has had bloody stools since week 6. We have ruled out dairy, but don't know what it is. She had a pediatrician appointment in a month....until then, she will continue to bleed. The doctors are not overly concerned: she is gaining weight and seems happy. Here is the thing: formula doesn't make her bleed. I like breastfeeding, but am so tired of making my baby sick. I think she would be better on formula only. Of course, the doctor's disagree, but I am tired of seeing blood in her diaper.
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November 1st, 2006, 11:17 AM
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If you think it is best to FF your baby, then go right ahead. My lactation lady kept pushing me to BF and I went with formula a he is just fine.
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November 1st, 2006, 05:16 PM
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I read an article on the kellymom web site where she talks about sometimes in breastfed babies blood in stool is mistaken for a food allergy when in fact it can be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Does she show any other signs of a foremilk/hindmilk problem? Like gassiness? or green poops?
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November 1st, 2006, 05:30 PM
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just dropping in...have you tried eliminating things from your diet one by one...I had to do that and I finally figured out it was the more acidic foods (citrus, etc.) If you cut things out of your diet one by one for about a week each you can probably figure out if it is something you have eaten.
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November 1st, 2006, 05:53 PM
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I think it depends on who you ask. Of course, BF is benificial from a nutritional standpoint. Emotionally and physically though, sometimes we arent ready. That was my issue. I was just so overwhelmed , plus I developed complications after the c-section which also caused a great deal of pain... my body was trying to recoup from the surgery and fight infection AND I was an emotional mess b/c he had a poor latch (still does!) and was jaundiced and sluggish to eat anyways.... I wasnt BF-ing effectively and I gave up after 2 weeks of sheer hell. My body needed those energy reserves, and my mind needed some time as well. I believe in my case, BF was not best. Some may try to debate me on this, but they weren't there so they dont know... I hope this makes some sense
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November 2nd, 2006, 08:54 AM
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The foremilk/hindmilk thing.....she did before, but it should be better now, right? I mean, I've been breastfeeding for 14 weeks. But, I'll look into that. Thanks
As for eliminating things...I guess I'm not that committed to it. I would do it for peace of mind, but personally, I tend to think FF'ing would just be easier.

Like Boxerlove1, I had some trouble with breastfeeding early on and I have never really committed it, which I guess makes this a little easier to decide to quit.

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November 3rd, 2006, 07:00 AM
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Well...

With dd#1 I chose not to breastfeed at all. With dd #2 I tried to breastfeed and it just didn't work for us for many reasons...low supply, had to return to school at 2 weeks PP, she didn't have a good latch....

Anyway here is my advice...
If you want to continue to breastfeed...go for it. Eliminate things from your diet, get all the help and support you can.

If you don't want to continue...then it is ok to quit.
My line that I repeat over and over in this forum...actually maybe I need a blinkie that says it....
IT IS BETTER TO BE A HAPPY FORMULA FEEDING MOMMY THAN A SAD AND CRYING BREASTFEEDING MOMMY!!!
Only you can decide what is best for you and for your baby. I found that once I stopped stressing out over breastfeeding and started feeding her formula that I was much happier and she was much happier...actually my entire family was happier just because I was less stressed. I guess the saying "If momma ain't happy...ain't no body happy" is definitely true!!!

Good luck with your decision. No matter what you choose you are a good mom and you are doing what you feel is best for you, your baby, and your family.
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