Re: Food Allergy or Foremilk/Hindmilk Imbalance?
Welcome to the forum!
I think the first thing to focus on is that your LO is gaining weight just fine. When weight gain is normal, all the other concerns are pretty secondary. You have the basics down- you're just looking to tweak the fine points!
Everything you describe is in the normal realm for such a young baby. To me, it sounds like the problem is most likely a) oversupply/fast letdowns or b) normal baby behavior. Option c), allergy, is relatively rare by comparison to a) and b), and while you should not discount the possibility, you don't want to think of it as a likely scenario! Yes, the internet is a twitter with allergy talk- but remember that a huge amount of that is groupthink, people reinforcing each others' beliefs and concerns without any real data to back them up.
Since you still feed on just 1 breast at a time and still need to catch the first letdown in a burp cloth, I'm thinking you still have some oversupply/fast letdowns. That would explain most of what you're seeing nicely, including the following:
- The frothy, explosive poops
- The gassiness and fussiness
- The diaper rash- lots of poop output can result in a rash
- The excellent weight gain
A lot of what you're seeing is normal, including:
- Not sleeping more than 3 hours at a time- think of those 4-5 hour stretches as a gift your baby gave you, but one he's unlikely to let you keep!
- Being gassy and fussy, seeming to have trouble working out poops or farts- all par for the course with a young baby who is just figuring out how to use his digestive system.
The only things which I think might merit a little more attention are the gunky eyes- you might want to discuss the possibility of blocked tear ducts with your child's pediatrician- and the nighttime discomfort/squirming. While it's normal for a baby to have short sleep cycles, being uncomfortable during sleep might point to something like reflux.
Where is baby sleeping right now? I think the way to deal with this is to find a strategy that allows you to maximize your sleep and baby's comfort.
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