This is my first post here. I'm very happy to have found this forum.
I have an 8 week old daughter who has begun pulling off of the breast repeatedly during most (awake) feedings. Sometimes she pulls off and cries, other times she just pulls off and then pops back on. Sometimes it's with every suck. This probably happens around 50-60% of her awake feeds. She does fine when asleep.
I do have oversupply issues and think that this began when I went off of block feeding because I was concerned my supply had dropped too much. Her poops became consistently green, also. However, about 5 days ago I went back to a block schedule of about 4-5 hours per side. Her poops are better now and she isn't crying as much, but it's still definitely an issue. Her poops are now sometimes perfectly seedy and yellow...but other times greener and slimier. There was one over the weekend that was yellow with green stringy mucus.
Her wets are good and she's gaining well and mostly emptying my breasts during feedings, so I feel okay with her intake and my supply. However, I'm concerned about her developing an aversion to breastfeeding. It breaks my heart when she cries during feedings.
A breastfeeding helper mentioned the possibility of a food sensitivity because of the green slimy and stringy poops I've seen. Also because she is extremely gassy. So, I have cut out obvious dairy (I'm not, at this point, cutting out every bit of dairy...but just not drinking milk, eating cheese or yogurt or ice cream, etc.) to see if that helps. I'm on day 2 of that - how long should I do this before I should see an improvement, if dairy is an issue?
I took her into the pediatrician last week and she checked out fine. He said it could be milk reflux and recommended Mylanta to see if that helps. I haven't tried it yet because her crying seemed a bit better over the weekend (from the block nursing, I assumed). But now she's crying more again. I may try the Mylanta, but I'm not really sure reflux is the issue. I don't see other reflux symptoms beyond the fussing at the breast...
Any ideas? Thanks so much!!!