Hi, all...hoping to find some answers or see if anyone else has experienced this. The last few weeks my 7 week old has had some unusual diapers. I apologize in advance if this is too graphic, but I am desperate for help! Basically her diapers appeared normal for the first several weeks. However, she had diapers that would contain mucus and sometimes have a foul smell...kind of like it was soured. Also, the diapers would be green and sometimes contain what would looked like leaves in it! I called the pediatrician and the nurse didn't seem overly concerned. However, a few days later there were streaks of blood in it. It only happened once, but I called the ped's office immediately and the nurse and I talked about it. I did mention to her that I had supplemented with formula (two ounces), and she felt like that had been the culprit. I don't normally supplement, but my daughter had been crying non-stop and I was exhausted...I thought I wasn't producing enough milk (I know now that wasn't the case.) She felt like maybe it was a reaction to the formula.
Depsite having discontinued ANY supplementing, her diapers have jumped back and forth from normal to not-so-normal looking. I did some research, and I believe part of the issue stems from my over active let down and possibly a fore milk/hindmilk imbalance (I had this with my firstborn). Things did improve when I made some adjustments including changing her latching and cutting back on any dairy. However, they are still containing mucus and periodically the odd smell comes back. They aren't green anymore.
So I took her into the ped's office to actually look at her diaper. It looked normal again except for all the mucus. He said basically that it was just probably her system trying to heal back up. Stated that sometimes when someone had diarrhea, even once the symptoms were gone, you still won't feel great for awhile. That answer didn't really satisfy me. He didn't think it was an allergy issue until I mentioned that her dad was lactose intolerant (as well as her grandmother and great-grandmother). So then he told me to lay off the dairy. I am just not sure this is the issue. I went without dairy for awhile, and had a little and she seemed fine. Although the diapers (excluding the mucus issues) have improved, she's still pretty gassy and gets quite worked up and cries a lot prior to expelling a lot of gas or a large diaper.
Sorry, for the novel, but if anyone has experienced this or has any advice, it would be wonderful to know. I do plan on calling my hospital's breastfeeding center to talk to a LC, but I wanted to get others' opinions, too. Thanks!