Hello all, i am new so please go easy on me.
My son is 4 months old next week. He is a very big boy, was born 9.5 pound and is now 7.5 kg.
The first two weeks were a dream and then about 4 weeks old he started becomming colicky and showing symptoms of silent reflux. I went to the drs and was given losec but my partner and i decided to give our son a dummy which worked wonders with his reflux problems. Things were going well by 7 weeks and he seemed very different and happier then at 8 weeks things changed big time and for the most part of him being awake he seemed sidetracked. He would kick his legs and grizzle and strain, sometimes scream until he did an explosive poo, usually an orange colour but every now and then they would be green. Sometimes he would have these same "symptoms" but wouldnt actually poo and this would go on all day.
Ive been told a million different things from its nothing to its serious and i still have no idea whats happening
I tried expressing milk before a feed to balance out hindmilk/foremilk imbalance but this didnt work and i got told theres no such thing as imbalance.
i tried cutting dairy out of my diet for a week and i didnt notice all that much difference though i did notice a little bit
i tried cutting out chocolate and this didnt work
also cut out tomato, onion, brocolli etc nothing
Now we are sure he is teething and ive been told this could cause some green mucus nappies but then i was also told that is rubbish.
I also know i have oversupply of milk but he seems to cope with 70% of his feeds without gagging or choking and His gas seems to be getting worse, despite the fact that i started block feeding him in six hour blocks to reduce my supply a few days ago. The only changes i did notice is that he has had two out of three nappies that were more yellow in colour and that had a seedy texture which he hasnt had many of for many weeks.
I feel so lost and im really struggling to see him in so much pain from wind, i burp him throughout the feed, and pump his legs after, i even massage him before bed to move the gas down but it never seems to be enough. infants friend and infacol dont do anything either.
does this sound familiar to anyone?
i thought it had to be dairy originally because i eat a tonne of the stuff and towards the end of my pregnancy straight cows milk in particular began to taste different to me so i figured it was my bodies way of telling me something was up with it. But he doesnt really have a rash, sometimes his skin looks a bit scaley on his cheeks and the occaisional red bump.
i have no idea how to tell if its those foods because i was told even if i cut out say dairy and replace it with soy he may be allergic to soy and it can take 3 weeks for any improvement. but i dont know what foods to eat for calcium other than dairy, soy etc. Is there any other way to tell? and do i need to cut out every single source of dairy including milk solids and traces of? no one in my immediate family has any allergies at all either
sorry for rambling im just very confused and tired and stressed, i really want to breast feed and feel like a bad mum for always having my bub in pain.
Also i have never expressed milk into a bottle and i have things coming up where i need to but i dont know how much to express or when to do it without upsetting my block feeding pattern?
any help would be much appreciated