Hi y'all! I'm new on here so I'm sorry, I'm still trying to get used to this whole forum thing. First off, I'd like to say how grateful I am to have a venue where I can express concerns an receive some feedback from real moms with real experience!
Now here's my issue. I'm a new mom to a 4 month old baby girl, I EBF and as of right now I plan on doing it for as long as my baby girl wants to! BUT, just about an hour ago or so I changed my daughter's diaper, here comes the TMI, well in the diaper I noticed flecks of black stuff that looked like black pepper in her poop. When I looked online to see what this could be it all led to blood in the stool! This obviously terrified that life out of me! Now, I haven't eaten anything stranger or different, the milk I use is lactose free since my husband is lactose intolerant, so I don't believe it's a food allergy. Then I read on one of the LLL posts that it's more likely than not a foremilk/hindmilk inbalance.
Here's a little background info: I've been taking fenugreek to help with my supply seeing as I was kind of lacking before, so I've been taking it since she was about 2-3 weeks old. Only 2 pills a day! But the last week or so I decided to take more, 3 pills 2-3 times a day because my little piggy eats very 90 minutes!! The issue is that she only nurses for about 5 minutes at a time, no matter if it's quiet or TV on she latches and unlatches a ton after about 4 minutes, kind of like it's a game! She'll suck on her thumb, smile, and go back down to nursing for like 10 seconds an repeats the cycle, only at night for bedtime does she not do that. I wouldn't think this to be a problem if I hadn't found the blood in her stool. She's also been kind of cranky, ok maybe a little bit more than a little! She had a couple of days where she would scream at the top of her lungs for no reason when she started nursing, which had led me to think that her tummy hurts. I've decided to lower my intake of fenugreek back down to 2 pills a day and hopefully that will help slow down my supply back to a more normal and manageable amount for her. My poor baby girl!
Alrighty, now that I've bored y'all half to death I'll ask my questions! I suppose what I'm asking is how I can get her to nurse for longer than 5 minutes. I'm going to assume that in those 5 minutes she's getting more foremilk (because I'm producing so much) which is causing the pain and potentially the blood in the stool and not keeping her as full. She takes such short naps these days and wakes up about every 2 hours at night still. She's sharing a bed with us because if not I would never rest!!
I'm so sorry this is so darn long ladies, I just don't want my baby in pain anymore and I'd like her to be satisfied for longer, she just won't start on the boob long enough!