This may not be the place for this, but this group has been so helpful to me as I struggled, embraced, and enjoyed breastfeeding my 1st baby over the past year, and I'm hoping you all can help me with this new problem. This may be a real no-no, and I'm REALLY not trying to stir up any controversy, so I apologize in advance if this is a taboo question, but I've searched the Internet and cannot find an answer to this dilemma (at least for babies).
I'm the mom of a 13 month old who I exclusively breast-fed until she was 1. At that point, I decided to introduce some whole milk while I breast-fed in the morning and evening. Soon after, she began to have lots of very soft stools (not diarrhea, but 4-6 pretty mushy, sometimes leaking poops every day). As a result, she developed a pretty bad diaper rash. Her pediatrician didn't seem very worried and attributed it to a stomach bug that's been running around. He prescribed some cream and the BRAT diet. I didn't worry about it too much either because both her mood and appetite have been good, and the mushy poop and rash are her only symptoms. While she was on the BRAT diet, things seemed to get better. We put her back on whole milk (mixed with 1-2 oz. expressed BM), and the problem started again. Well, this went on for over a week, so I quit with the organic whole milk and switched to soy 3 days ago. So far it's been better.
Could we still be fighting a bug? Hmmm..... it's been a while since this all began for that, hasn't it (3 weeks)? Is she allergic to cow's milk??? Is soy as good as organic whole milk? While I know my BM is best, I'm definitely not producing enough for her to drink exclusively (maybe 4 oz. a day). She happily drinks this up in the morning and the evening, so I would hate to pump it all out and loose that sweet time with her. To throw another kink into the mix, she's also teething, so could that have something to do with the problem?
It probably goes without saying that this is my 1st baby, so I really don't know what to think of all this. Any suggestions, tips, or reassurance are much appreciated, so thanks in advance!!!