I am so frustrated b/c i can't figure out what is wrong with my four month old.twins (two.months adjusted). They were born 9weeks early and.spent 6wks in the nicu. They got pumped milk, maybe once or twice if at all? formula.early.on (i.can't recall) and towards the end had human.milk.fortifier.added to help with gaining. They were bottle fed and.only after they were discharged did.we really "get" breastfeeding. By their due date they were 100% breastfed and gaining fine.
Initially when.they were in the nicu.and.for.a.little while after discharge, they had normal bf poop. At some.point after discharge (details hazy) their poop became.green, stinky, thick, and infrequent(we up to.7-8days now). There nay or.may not be mucus in.it (it is stretchy, but not.obviously mucosy). I.have not seen any blood, but plan to have the ped test this week at their 4-month check.up. The big BIG issue.is.the.fussiness. They were not happy ever unless.sleeping or nursing....and they nursed round the.clock. They also spit up all the time too.
About.a.month ago.i.got the ped to.give us zantac which.didn't seem to make.a difference. I also.cut.out obvious. dairy. I ALSO.contacted a lactation.consultant who.said.it.could be oversupply and.recommended block.feeding them. There has been.improvement, but i don't know if it is the block.feeding.or the.dairy.elimination. I do.have a strong letdown.and have been.nursing in.more upright.positions and spraying.into.a cloth when i.letdown.and.
Meanwhile, their.poop is.STILL infrequent stinky.and green. There are plenty.of.wet.dipes.also
The last poop.a.week.ago, one.baby had much.more yellow.color.to.it, still.not.normal though.
In a fit of desperation after a two.day scream fest, i bought nutramigen and fed it to.one baby to.see.if it helped...and it has only been a.day, but i.am.not.seeing any differences in their behavior (they are both actually happy today).
Sorry.for the book---i.want.to.bf.them. i.do.not.want to.use.formula. i.also.don't want to.cut.out dairy if.os is the.issue. their.symptoms.overlap so.much and i.want to.be able to.isolate whT the problem is.
(The ped is.no.help. the neonatologist that sees them b/c they were preemies.told.me.to.feed.them.formula and.do.it.only.3-4 hours as it.would.fill them up.better. .i.didn't. Before i.implemented any changes they ate all the time and.apit up just as.much. They stil are spitty, but not.as.hungry.it seems.
Anyway----i.want to.fix this and.i.am so.frustrated (whixh is why.i.keep trying.different thingsinstead.of.one at a.time)