Re: Low Supply Due to Stoppage for Dairy Allergy
Hi there! Thanks for being such a supportive partner and trying so hard to get your wife the help she needs. I first want to say that this is fixable. Your wife didn't ruin anything. Depending on how low her supply has gotten it might be some work to get it back, but it definitely can be done and she is already a step ahead having someone supporting her through this.
It is not necessary to switch to formula when you start a diet elimination for an allergy. Unless there were huge quantities of blood and your child was losing weight or malnourished, you got some bad advice on that. Any time you stop nursing, even if you continue pumping, your supply is going to drop so if it can be avoided in any way, it should. Small amounts of blood in poop is alarming, but not life threatening. Was it a doctor who recommended you switch to formula?
If the allergy issue seems to be taken care of with the dairy elimination, then we can consider that settled and move on to rebuilding her supply. Nursing. That's the answer. She needs to nurse as frequently as possible. Set her up with a comfy spot (or two) that has drinks, snacks, books, movies, ipad, whatever she needs so all she has to do is sit and cuddle the baby and nurse. This is called a nursing vacation and it is great for boosting supply and letting baby reconnect with the breast after getting used to a bottle.
Are you still supplementing? How much? How many times a day would you say she's nursing? Does baby wake at night to nurse?
Here are a few links you might find helpful: weaning from formula supplements, Help! My baby won't nurse, dairy and food sensitivities.
And if allergy symptoms return, come back and talk to us. There are several moms here (me included) who've dealt with this issue and we can help. It is pretty common for most pediatricians to be uninformed about how to handle allergies in nursing infants.
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