My son is 12 weeks old & EBF.
In his 7th week we noticed slight blood in his stool (thin strand). Went to the doc and was recommended to be off dairy. I have been off dairy fairly strictly for approx 6 weeks now(except a chocolate piece I ate once). But the frequency of blood in stool has increased lately - almost getting it everyday now. I am suggested by doctor to continue the dairy free diet, but I am losing faith that he has milk protein allergy.
Came across this thread - http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...ctose-overload and my story seems similar.
For approximately 6 weeks I did suffer from somewhat oversupply ( breasts rock hard in mornings and sometimes in the day ; spray at times gagging the baby, baby hardly ever emptying a single breast). This improved around 7 weeks but not completely. In the last month I again went thru cycles of oversupply, optimal supply & somewhat undersupply. Oversupply lasts for 4, 5 days and then gets optimal, with perhaps a day or so of little bit undersupply. Then bounces back up as I let baby suck as much as he wants then.
Based on the link above it could be that my son is suffering from lactose overdose by getting more fore milk. His potty sways between yellow and green. It is mucusy at times & then the blood strands I mentioned. Also is loud & farty often.
He is generally happy, tho there are bad days I have to admit once in a while. He is somewhat gassy tho and need many burps in a single feed. Also burps are hard to come at times and this does interfere with feeding sometimes as he doesn't want to feed. is weight gain is fine too (approx 4 pounds in 10 weeks)
My question is
- if indeed this is the issue of lactose overdose, how long does it take for the blood to stop once the supply has been regulated. I have been having a fairly regulated spell lately, but the blood continues. I am wondering if I need to be more patient. Potentially give time for the internals to heal? Not sure just speculating. What has been your experience?
- The other option could be potentially allergies to other things (soy, etc..) Perhaps I should do a trial on those.
Any suggestion, guidance is much appreciated.