I need help! I am a mother to a darling 8 week old baby girl born April 10th. I planned to breastfeed for a year but we are having some major bumps in the road. Let me tell you my story and see if you can help me get back on track.
I had been given IV and pitocin to encourage the birth so I ended up with swollen feet, hands, and breast, so for the first few days she was on bottles of similac ready to feed to supplement what my breasts didn't produce. I gave her what I pumped out and supplemented. I got her to latch and began nursing but thats when the gassiness, unrestful sleep and explosive poops began. Every diaper change was a mess. This continued to week 3. She would only sleep on me, I couldn't lay her down in the bassinet or crib because she would wake up within minutes. The only sleep she would get is laying on my chest. i was exhausted and frustrated so I started looking online and realized that my baby's poops were indeed green and not the standard yellow of a normal breastfeed baby. I started reading the symptoms and self-diaganosed it as "over-supply/imbalance" of my breast milk causing lactose overload. I never saw her pop of the breast but when she was breastfeeding it sounded like she was running a marathon, lots of gulps.
Because of the gassiness I gave her mylicon drops and gripe water. Mylicon drops didn't work, and gripe water worked at first but then didn't.
At week 3-4, I started feeding off of one breast per feeding instead of giving her both breasts. I would do this for 2 hours and if she wanted to feed within those 2 hours I would offer the same breast. I thought it calmed my supply down but baby continued to get worse. She was now crying all the time, little to no sleep (except on me), tummy rumbling all the time. She wanted to breastfeed all the time (now I realize it was for comfort, but this was a catch 22 for her, it only made her symptoms worse!).
By the end of week 4 she was so bad that I made the decision to give her formula and my sisterinlaw saw they had Similac Sensitive that would reduce the fussiness and gas. I gave her a bottle within the next 12 hours my baby completely changed. Gone was the screaming and crying. She wasn't pulling her legs up. She began to sleep for more than 10 mins at a time. I then saw that the similac said something about being for lactose sensitive babies.
Anyway, I thought that she may be lactose sensitive and read about that and it seemed that maybe that was what is going on with her since she reacted so well to the "lactose sensitive" formula. I called my pediatrician and she felt I was on the right track with giving her formula and to try mixing the breast milk with formula and potentially over time, baby's system would develop and she would grow out of this issue.
I tried to mix it 1oz of breast milk and it was okay, but as that's all she seemed to be able to tolerate because when I did it at the next bottle, her symptoms reappeared.
I decided to take her off of breastmilk completely and just pump and store my milk until she could tolerate it again. I gave her 2 full weeks of only formula and at week 7 decided to introduce my milk again. I pumped and gave her 1 oz breastmilk + 4 oz formula. Seemed okay at first, but by day 2, she was back to crying and being fussy again. We did this for 3 days but same symptoms, definetely not as bad as before, but baby was not a happy girl.
I am now back to exclusive formula for the past 2 days and she is back to being a happy, relaxed baby. (other than constipation, but I am using KARO syrup for that).
oh and by the way, I thought she may have a dairy protein issue too, so I cut dairy products from my diet like milk, cheese, yogurt.
So here what I need help with. I desperately want my baby to take my breastmilk, either through nursing or through the bottle. I don't think its oversupply because shouldn't the pumping have mixed the fore and hind milk together and thus eliminate that issue??
I am pumping approx 25-30 oz per day in about 5-6 pumping sessions.
Any ideas of what to do, or is it truly some lactose sensitivity?
thank you for reading my novel, and I appreciate any help you can offer.