Hello. My son is almost three months old and up to this point has been EBF. 2 weeks ago he came down with RSV and as a result ended up with an ear infection. He did 10 days of amoxicillin. On about day 5 he had one poop with a small amount of red/pink blood in it.. He has been off the antibiotics for about 2 days and for the last 2 days has had a small amount of blood in almost every stool. Often the poop is greenish and mucuosy. He is nursing great and I usually only nurse on one side, so I don't think there is any foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. He is gaining weight really well... he's about 16 pounds, from a birth weight of 9.5 pounds.
My doctor wants me to stop breastfeeding and start giving him hypoallergenic formula. This is not going to happen without trying other things first, and I don't have any issues having this frank conversation with my pediatrician. However, I would like to hear from other moms as to whether they have had similar issues... Have you had a baby this young tested for allergies? Should I try an elimination diet and what foods other than dairy and soy should I eliminate? Is it normal for a child to be doing great and just all of a sudden start showing signs of an allergy at three months and not from the beginning? Can this possibly just be from the intestinal trauma of taking antibiotics?
He is my fourth child and I have breastfed all my children. None have ever had/have any allergies, and neither do myself or my husband.
Truthfully, I am just feeling at a bit of a loss... The thought of giving up breastfeeding well before a year is deeply distressing to me. Not to mention the fact that I have four kids and breastfeeding is a hundred times easier than bottles and he LOVES it. I just feel like crying and would really appreciate some stories and support.
Also - if it did come down to trying out formula after everything else I would pump and freeze because there is no way I would just stop breastfeeding and let my milk dry up without knowing for sure that it would even work.