My 3 month old son has had a history of projectile spit up since approximately 2-3 weeks of age. His pediatrician prescribed Zantac for assumed acid reflux, but we saw no improvement. In fact, his spit-up has gotten worse, at times continuing for up to an hour and a half past his last feeding. His pediatrician then instructed me to eliminate dairy from my diet, suspecting lactose intolerance. I did this for four weeks, but after the first week or so, noticed his stool change from standard BF yellow stools to dark green. His symptoms also worsened and are now coupled with severe gas, associated abdominal pain and reduced bowel movements. I wouldn't be concerned over the reduced/lack of bowel movements, but after 3 days without a BM (versus typically 3-4 a day) he was in increasing pain. We were sent to the ER where abdominal blockage and pyloric stenosis were eliminated (though the staff was amazed at how much gas they saw on an ultrasound). The doctor recommended I stop breastfeeding, stating it must be something I am eating.
I refuse to give up breastfeeding (unless there is absolutely no other option). I believe there must be a way to continue to breastfeed without causing my son such agony. I am a 16 year (lacto-ovo) vegetarian, so when I cut out dairy, I slightly increased my intake of soy products in order to ensure I was getting in adequate protein. Could it be my son isn't lactose intolerant, but soy sensitive? Are his symptoms really due to what I'm eating? He continues to get worse (no temperature) and has been screaming in obvious pain (tender belly) for much of the past day and a half (I have had no dairy or soy today). Please help me!!!! I'm tired of being told to quit breast-feeding my son when I know it is the best thing I can do for him (more so if I could figure out what is causing him such agony), but it is killing me to see him in such agony.