I don't know what is wrong with my baby. I need help.
I have been breastfeeding my 15 week old since birth. She has had diarrhea several times since birth. Sometimes it's an infrequent loose stool, and sometimes for two weeks. The first time she had severe diarrhea, the doctor said he thought she had a stomach virus. We gave her Pedialyte until the diarrhea went away.
This time, she has had diarrhea for about 9 days, and is having a lot of cramping, gas and pain. She does not seem sick or dehydrated like before. There has been no lethargy. Her stools have been very watery, and since yesterday, they have mucus in them. They are mostly yellow, a couple have been slightly green, with no odor. They've been very explosive. This is unusual for her. When she's well, they are the typical yellow, seedy, non-stinky stools. Previously when she had diarrhea, she had sour smelling green stools, stringy, and mucus-y ones as well. They were also explosive occasionally. My question is what could be wrong with my baby? The doctor will not run any tests.
I thought maybe she had a milk protein allergy, so I tried no diary. She seemed better. So then I introduced small amounts of cheese, and she was still okay. All of a sudden, she's unwell again, and in extreme amounts of pain. She's also been spitting up small amounts occasionally since this started.
She has been teething since she was 10 weeks old. She was very fussy for over a week when it started. She wasn't eating as much, she would scream, and she refused to sleep. She would stay up for 10 hours straight. She's acting like she was at 10 weeks again. This time I noticed the diarrhea. I don't know if she had diarrhea before because I was so distracted by the screaming and refusal to eat and sleep.
I was reading some other posts on here about breastfeeding. Most people say babies should nurse 10 minutes or longer. My baby used to nurse for about twenty minutes, but for two months or longer, she nurses under ten minutes. She is fully draining one breast very quickly, then taking some from the other. She is gaining weight very well, so I know she's getting enough. She is at least 17 pounds and 25.5 inches long, or more.
Should she be eating that quickly? Do I have a forceful letdown? Sometimes she starts choking at the breast which sounds like forceful letdown. Could that be the cause of the diarrhea? Could it be a milk protein allergy or lactose intolerance when her stools are runny and yellow with no odor? Could the teething be causing diarrhea? I've read mixed things. She seems to be swallowing a lot of drool, which I've read could cause mucus in stools. Does it sound like a stomach virus? Could she be getting too much foremilk? Could it be something else? Also, I always use a nipple shield due to poor latch and flat nipples. I don't know if that is relevant.
I really just need some answers and advice. I'm a FTM with no breastfeeding friends or family to help. I'm losing my mind over this.