Hi everyone. My 4 week old daughter has been having an increased number of stools for the past 2 days. I wouldn't be so concerned except for 2 changes we've noted: her stool looks frothy and she seems to be in a LOT of pain. I know some amount of discomfort is normal, but this is obviously a painful cry.
She is breastfed and has started having stools almost every hour.
I'm just finishing up my course of antibiotics for mastitis, and I know that could be messing with her GI tract, but I also read somewhere that frothy stools could indicate too much lactose caused by a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. (I did read the sticky thread on the subject already, and I think I understand the concept).
I have read a lot of info on this forum about OS & OALD, and I don't believe I have either one. I only leak when I get up for the first feed of the morning if she has slept for longer than 3 hours or so. In her initial latch, I can hear her gulping and swallowing, but she never chokes and she seems to handle the flow just fine. After a few minutes, I can't hear anything. When I pump, I get a total of 2.5 oz combined.
So my question is this (whew!):
IF these frothy painful stools are caused by a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, how do I ensure that she is feeding long enough to reach the more satisfying hindmilk? She falls asleep at the breast every single time, usually between 10 and 20 minutes, but then she wakes up still hungry. At that point, I will usually offer the other breast. Should I latch her back on to the same side? Maybe that's why she's been having 8 hour nursing sessions.... am I switching breasts too quickly and she is only getting the foremilk from each breast??
Thanks in advance for reading my long question!