Hello! Does this sound familiar to anyone out there? My little lad is 6 months old. We’ve had all sorts of problems with breastfeeding – positioning, latching, supply, sore nipples, 6 hours in casualty due to him throwing up blood from my cracked nipple, weight loss, nipple confusion – you name it!
But we’ve sorted all that out, he latches well, my supply is good (largely due to lots of expressing I think), he switches back and forth between breast and bottle no bother, he’s gaining weight steadily and is generally a very contented little chap. He’s on formula as well as breast milk because he just kept losing weight with exclusive breastfeeding – also I’ve just gone back to work so we would have had to introduce alternative feeding anyway.
So what’s the problem? He will only breastfeed lying down and preferably while asleep! If I try and feed him with me sitting up he just can’t get comfortable, arches away and cries. This is upsetting for us both and of course a tad inconvenient if he needs a feed in Tesco as we can hardly lie on the floor of the café!! He also throws up a lot – small amounts but frequently including long after feeds – and is generally very windy and smelly (but gorgeous otherwise obviously).
I’m starting to suspect reflux. I don’t think our problem is entirely to do with mixed feeding – although this did cause latching difficulties earlier on – because the arching away and discomfort occurred just as much when he was being exclusively breastfed. Also my gut feeling is that it isn’t to do with what I’m eating – I feel like it’s something more fundamental in his body, but of course I could be wrong, I haven’t got a clue really!
If you are reading this and thinking “wow that’s just like my baby” please reply! I look forward to hearing from you even if we don’t come up with any “solutions”.
PS Two more things that may or may not be relevant. He has had very smelly farts from day one (the midwives couldn’t believe it) and a very small placenta (about half the size of his elder brother’s). I just mention that because it’s stuck in my mind.