I am really getting frustrated with my daughter's ongoing constipation issues. A little background: She was EBF for 6 months and then we began to slowly add solids. It took her a few weeks to actually swallow anything, but as soon as she was actually eating, the constipation began. I stopped solids and then added only peaches, plums/prunes and pears back. The constipation never resolved but by that point, I thought that it was more of a holding issue due it being so painful before. We tried water, juice, warm baths, massage, and finally miralax at the suggestion of our pediatrician. Miralax didn't work because she wouldn't take a bottle from me (my husband works 4 10 hour days and couldn't get home in time to give it to her). We saw a GI specialist who put her on milk of magnesia. That finally helped, however this is the frustrating part...
The GI specialist told me that she most likely had a milk protein allergy. So here are my issues with that diagnosis:
1. Why didn't she have any GI issues prior to the introduction of solid foods? The first couple months, she had several BM each day. Then they started to space out and at about 6 months, she was going every 5-7 days, without difficulty and always soft. No diarrhea, constipation, foaminess/greenish, blood, etc.
2. I have completely eliminated all dairy from my diet (including in baked goods). It is killing me... worth it if she really has a milk protein allergy, but not if I am merely cutting out a good portion of my diet.
3. I am also losing weight. And it is weight that I really don't want to lose. I am 5'3" and I was 120 pre-pregnancy and that is what I was back to before cutting out dairy. Now I am down to 113 and if feel like I am dragging. It worries me that in altering my diet like this and losing the weight, I am not giving her as much nutrition as I should. I have substituted things, but there are times where I would normally grab a yogurt or have cheese and crackers for a quick snack and now I am grabbing chips or something else without any nutritional benefit. Sometimes I just get tired of fruits and veggies all day.
4. After being off dairy for close to 2 months, we started decreasing the dose of the milk of magnesia. Within 1 week, the constipation was back. So we just increased the dose again.
5. I have all of this milk that I pumped that is now going to waste if I can't give it to her.