Re: Blood in Stool-Diet Changes
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How is your baby's weight gain? Is your baby basically happy and healthy and developing normally, or are there concerns aside from the bloody poops?
The next time you go in to see the pediatrician, I suggest you bring a printout of this: http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Pro...d%20Infant.pdf. It's the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine's protocol for managing allergic proctocolitis in a breastfed baby. It is worth noting that even in cases of "severe" allergic proctocolitis (which would include a diagnosis of failure to thrive, "moderate to large" amounts of blood in the stool combined with decreasing hemoglobin levels, and protein-losing enteropathy) the ABM does not recommend switching the baby to a special formula. Rather, in severe cases, the ABM recommends a maternal elimination diet, continued breastfeeding, and referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist.
Basically, what I'm saying is that if your baby's only symptom is a small amount of blood in the stool, there is no reason to worry and no reason to think about switching to formula, and your doctor's reaction sounds excessive. And pediatricians do have variable reactions to bloody stools. For example, when my second daughter produced one of her worst blood-streaked stools in the pediatrician's office, the doctor took a look, shrugged, and said "Garden variety proctitis. Peaks at 3-5 months. Eliminate dairy if you want."
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