Re: Mucus/Foul Odor in Diapers
I think your doc actually gave you good advice with the diarrhea analogy. If your LO's intestines have been irritated for a while, it is going to take a while for them to heal. Really.
One area where I am in disagreement with your doc is the lactose intolerance issue. It is very, very, very rare for babies to be lactose intolerant. Baby mammals of all species are designed to digest lactose-rich milk, so they produce plenty of lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose. But most mammals do not consume milk beyond infancy, so as they grow up most mammals stop producing lactase, or produce much less of it. Humans, the only mammal to routinely consume milk past infancy, may continue to produce large amounts of lactase into adulthood if they have the gene that allows them to do so. But not everyone does. Therefore it is common for adults to be lactose intolerant. A lactose-intolerant adult probably wasn't lactose intolerant as a baby or young child.
Now, that doesn't mean that your baby isn't having a problem with lactose. If you have OALD and oversupply, your milk probably contains relatively more lactose than average, and lactose overload can give a baby problems with gas and green poops and bloody streaks. The baby isn't lactose intolerant. Rather, the amount of lactase he produces, which is sufficient to handle a normal amount of lactose, can't quite keep up with the vast amount of lactose he is getting. If this is the case, controlling the oversupply is the best way to cut down on the baby's lactose consumption.
So what does this all mean for you? If your baby is having a problem with lactose overload, then your consumption of dairy products probably isn't an issue. Lactose from cow's milk isn't going to get into your milk. However, proteins from the cow's milk are common allergy culprits and may be causing your baby's weird stools. So, in short, I think that taking dairy out of your diet for now is a good idea. But do it because you're worried about the cow's milk proteins, not the lactose.
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