My daughter will be 4 weeks tomorrow and her fussiness has been getting worse and worse over the past couple of weeks. She's also had green poops and a bad bum rash which appeared earlier this week. After googling green poop I read some info which led me to believe that she may be reacting to the dairy I was eating, so I stopped eating dairy on Tuesday morning (this is Thursday night). That seemed to help yesterday, but today she's very fussy again!! I've recently found this article about oversupply, and others like it:
We have many of the symptoms listed there (she clamps on my nipple often at the beginning of each feed, I'm always full, she's a noisy nurser, I have sore nipples, the green poop, bum rash - which is not listed there, but I've seen elsewhere can go with oversupply, there have been some VERY short feeds - 7 minutes, lots of spitting up and passing gas, and of course the fussiness - high-pitched cry, pulling legs up, inconsolable even when holding and rocking, etc). This is my 4th time bfing, the shortest length so far being 10 months and I've never had a baby this fussy! It's heartbreaking and also very stressful for our whole family.
So maybe I jumped the gun on the dairy thing - the article even says:
"The infant behaviors described above are caused by these issues but may frequently be misdiagnosed as colic, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, reflux, or hypertonicity (stiff muscle tone)."
Anyway, my questions is this - how long does it normally take for the symptoms to improve once you start feeding only on one side at a time? I've been strictly feeding one side only for just 2 feedings now and haven't noticed any improvement. What's a realistic timeframe for the gas resulting from too much foremilk to be reduced?
I got fed up after learning all this and she was still VERY fussy so I gave in to the milk craving this afternoon. I think I'll cut back some, but until I've eliminated oversupply as the cause, I don't think I'll eliminate dairy completely. Do you think that makes sense?
Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer. I just want her to stop hurting!!!