Can stress affect the quality or taste of bm? My husband is going to have open heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect on Friday. Needless to say, we are under a lot of stress in my house.
My baby girl is 9 weeks old and has been a very happy, content and easy baby since the day she was born. Over the last few days she has become fussy and extremely clingy. She is not sleeping well and is all of a sudden very gassy. Today she even threw up! Not spit up, she actually threw up, pretty violently. She has not had ANY of these problems until now.
I will admit that I am feeling very stressed out by what is going on around here. I also have two boys, ages 3 and 4, and they are having a hard time.
I am not having supply issues, but sometimes she will fuss when I try to start nursing her. She will wail and cry for a minute or two before she will latch on. She has never done this before. Always before she just latched on right away and started nursing. Now she fusses and cries and sometimes continues to cry a bit even after she has latched on. Could the milk be affected by the stress in my home? Do you think she is just picking up on my emotions, not having problems with my bm? What can I do to help her through this? I am taking her with me to the surgery because she nurses exclusively. I thought that would be less stresful to her than leaving her with a baby sitter. Would she be better off with a caregive who, even though it is not her mommmy, is not so upset? I hate to see her this sad. I thought that it would be better for her to be with me the whole time, but now I am not so sure. What do you think?