Ok, ladies...to add to my ongoing saga of trying to figure out my 2 (almost 3) month old. I wrote a couple of days ago about a milk protein allergy and someone suggested soy may also be causing a problem. How do I know? I am positive I have not had even a drop of milk protein for at least 2 weeks. My son is miserable all the time. We have had problems with nursing in various ways. The milk allergy, reflux (taking Zantac), flat nipples (wore shells the first two weeks), right nipple too small and let down too slow and left flow too strong (wore shields during BF on and off for a month at recomm of a LC), nursing "strike" (which you all helped me through), and so on... I am a fairly stubborn and determined person and have not let any of this nor my families suttle attempts to get me to try formula stop me from BF. However, I am at my wits end at this point. He was not sleeping AT ALL all day long until this week. He would sleep 6-7 hours at night but was miserable all day. Some of you are going to think I am aweful and really fuss at me for this, but I have put him on a sleep schedule. It has helped tremedously with the fussing and even the nursing to some degree.
Now, to my problem. He only nurses for about 6-8 minutes on my left side and 2 minutes (if I'm lucky and start him here) on my right. He has plenty of wets and dirties and is gaining weight like nobody's business (he weighs 16-17 lbs.) so I am assuming he is getting enough to eat. He eats every 2 1/2-3 hours. When I put him down for a nap he only sleeps 20 or 30 minutes and then is up screaming. When I go to pick him up he still acts sleepy but will not go back down. He refuses if put down unless someone is sitting in front of him talking and acting like and idiot and even then he still fusses some. When we are holding him, he will be happily sitting in our arms or cooing and suddenly burst out in a cry. He burps a lot and sometimes acts like he is choking or is having trouble swallowing (this is new). His stomach makes these weird gurgly sounds while nursing which causes him to pull off and scream. He also has the following pattern when he is on the breast: suck two or three times and "pop" off the nipple, then repeat. Needless to say my nipples are paying the price. I tell all the to my ped and she acts like it is all normal and he is fine. I am not so convinced! However, I hesitate to keep going back because I don't want unnecessary tests done on him if I am only being paranoid. Back to the allergy, I have already lost 40 lbs and cannot loose any more (I have Crohn's disease and will get sick). I do not know how to cut anything more from my diet. I DO NOT want to feed him formula...Someone please offer some suggestions! Should I take him back to the ped? Do you think he is just stubborn? Is this really all normal?