I had every intention of not giving my daughter food for at least six months.
When my daughter was born, she had normal, daily BMs for about 2 weeks. Then, she went 15 days with no BM. We called the doctor multiple times, and were repeatedly reassured that this was within the realm of normal. After 15 days, the Dr. did a rectal exam (normal) and she finally had a BM later that day. They did, however, advise me to start giving pear juice with a syringe, which I did, even though I didn't want to.
So for the next couple of months, she goes anywhere from 7-12 days between BMs. Dr. assures me this is unusual but still normal, and she is just an efficient metabolizer.
Now, she is 3.5 months old, and it has been nearly four weeks since her last BM. After 3 weeks, the Dr. told me to give her a glycerin suppository. I did--nothing happened. I brought her in to the Dr., and rectal & abdominal exams showed no problems. He said to give her Benefiber for a week, and if she still doesn't go, he'll do a barium enema to rule out Hirschsprung's disease, even though she has no other symptoms of this disease. Now, it's a week later, and still no BM. (Not sure how much of the Benefiber is actually going down, b/c she won't take a bottle and spits out or spits up the syringe.)
With the exception of frequent foul flatulence accompanied by fussiness, she is a very happy baby who does not appear to be in pain. She is growing very well and urinating a lot, so I know she is getting enough breastmilk. She never cries for more than a few minutes at a time, and she is energetic and pleasant.
I just don't know what to do. Let them give her the barium enema? Start her on some solids (which my backwards Dr. says I should do at 3-4 months regardless)? Leave her alone?
And to make matters worse, my mother calls me every day reminding me that an intestinal blockage could kill her.
And we just moved to a very, very rural part of the country, and our friendly-yet-paternalistic pediatrician is the only one in town. Specialists are four hours away.
I apologize for the length of this post. Any words of wisdom or advice appreciated.