Hello, this is my first time posting but I'm really hoping I can get some help. My daughter has been breastfed since she was born and is 6 months old now. She has only just recently opened up to the idea of solids and has some sweet potato daily. She is in the failure to thrive category with her weight in the 1 percentile. She may just be a small baby but I'm thinking there's something wrong with either my milk, her body or it's all just normal for her.
I believe I have a milk imbalance because she is constantly and always having green poo. My local LC has told me I have an imbalance with there being too much foremilk. I can tell when my DD gets to the hind milk because she starts freaking out I'm assuming because of the extremely slow flow on comparison. Through different methods... Hand expression, pumping and even hubby, I've determined that I have little to no hindmilk. She is constantly feeding every two hours and sometimes in lesser times so we are on a block feeding system at the moment of 4 hours. Sometimes we cannot do that because she refuses to stay on a breast when there's no foremilk left. (if she drank more hindmilk would mor HM be made?)
Also she would sleep through the night before but now that she's getting older she needs more nutrients, therefore more feeding times so she is starting to wake up every one to two hours during the night for a feeding. I really feel like she's not getting enough from me and that she is starving.
Last night she was screaming for food and I just didn't have any bm left in me. I don't want to be in that situation again; I want her to have a full belly
Once she fell into the FTT category i somewhat panicked. I tried giving her formula which she downright refuses. I was going to switch to bottle-feeding BM but I cannot express more than a few cc's with a pump or hand expression.
I just had oral surgery for 3 wisdom teeth and was told to pump and dump when I can't even get anything out that way. (which is frustrating bc with ODD I was a milk making machine for the pump). So my husband helped out there and then we hit another problem where I started not producing enough bc I couldn't eat properly. Again I freaked out because of her FTT situation and I tried formula. I cannot get her to drink it whatsoever.
Should I include formula in her diet? - if the underlying issue is an internal one, wouldn't breast milk be safer for her to digest?
If I should include formula, what type should I try that is easiest on her digestive tract?
Also, I would want to mix it with breastmilk at first but because my only successful way of getting bm out happens to be my husband could he just do a suck and spit method? This is really me reaching out in the dark here but I'm desperate. I would think his saliva would break down the nutrient she needs. (hopefully no one is grossed out by this.)
I do NOT want to switch to formula because I believe the nutrients from my BM is what's best for her, but I also believe she cannot afford to skip a meal. We don't find out anything about what could be wrong until November 29th which is ridiculously far off. I'm not sure what to do here because when putting her on solids... The sweet potato is the only thing she accepts right now but I can tell she has such a hard time passing it through as well as in her diaper it comes out as non-digested sweet potato. Hopefully I'm not confusing anyone. I'm very tired, on pain meds and waking up to feed like she's a newborn again.