Re: My breastmilk causes gas?
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I don't think you're dealing with lactose intolerance. That tends to be a problem for older children, adolescents, and adults, not for young chldren, because production of lactase (the enzyme that digests lactose) peaks in infancy and declines later in life. As the PP pointed out, sometimes a baby will suffer from lactose overload due to mom having an oversupply of milk (moms with oversupply produce milk which has a higher proportion of lactose-rich watery milk), and lactose overload can produce symptoms similar to lactose intolerance. Basically, the baby produces a normal amount of lactase, but her diet is so enriched in lactose that it overwhelms the body's lactase production,
When you pump, how much are you able to provide? If you have oversupply, we can give you ways to fix it.
There are other potential explanations for your baby's fussiness besides problems with lactose, including:
- preferring the taste of formula (I don't know why this happens, because formula tastes nasty, but some babies do seem to like it)
- preferring a certain flow speed of milk
- a normal developmental stage
- not being accustomed to the sensations of digesting breastmilk- it digests faster than formula and has a mild laxative effect, which is why breastfed babies don't get constipated
I know it must be tempting to "fix" this problem by giving baby formula. But I suggest soldiering through and continuing to nurse, because problems like these are almost always very temporary. And temporary gassiness is a fair price to pay for the health benefits of breastfeeding.
Would you like to nurse exclusively, mama? It seems like you've fallen into something a lot of people call a "booby trap", which is that you're in a situation where your baby-feeding experience is being needlessly complicated by bottles, formula, and pumping. It's almost always much, much easier just to nurse the baby and let nature sort out problems like oversupply. Breastfeeding isn't always easy- it's like learning to dance when you and your partner (the baby) have never danced before. But when you introduce a pump and bottles, it's like you're trying to dance with 2 partners instead of just one! Much harder, many more opportunities for missteps. Anyway, if you'd like to nurse exclusively, we'd love to help you do that. If not, we can probably help you work bottles and pumping into your routine in a way that's less likely to cause problems.
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