Re: Diarrhea and first period?
I've never heard of diarrhea being associated with mom getting her cycle back, nor have I personally experienced it with either of my children despite nursing them for years while also having my cycle.
My pediatrician once told me that "half of pediatrics is poop, either too much or too little". Your pediatrician checked your LO for salmonella and probably plenty of other stuff, but there are plenty of diarrhea-causing illnesses which are hard to detect, or which the pediatrician wouldn't look for because they are rarer or because they are not on the list of things which "typically" cause diarrhea. Therefore, I think the most conservative hypothesis is that your LO's diarrhea is caused by something other than your milk. A less common illness. An allergy or intolerance. Something in your baby's diet- it could even be something that seems totally innocuous.
I would absolutely not wean over this. First of all, your baby is still very young, which means that breastmilk is still a very important part of her diet. Second, breastmilk tends to prevent diarrheal illness, and to shorten the duration of said illnesses. Third, breastmilk is very easy on an upset tummy. Fourth, nursing is very comforting to a sick kid.
Here's what I would do:
- Push the diarrhea-fighting "BRAT" foods (bananas, rice, apples, toast)
- Take away any cow's milk products that baby is getting, especially if she is getting straight cow's milk which can really upset a kid's tummy
- Observe the baby. If she is acting healthy and happy, she probably is healthy and happy! Weird poops, even a long string of them, don't necessarily mean anything about her general growth and development.
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