Hi. I need advice, and my pediatrician can't seem to help.
So, my LO was eating like every forty minutes, and was still acting hungry. It was as if I couldn't satisfy him. He was never at peace when he was eating, he never slept peacefully, and he would cry and bob his head around like he was hungry just minutes after nursing.
After pumping one day, my husband noticed how watery my breast milk looked and suggested we supplement my DS with formula. After just one bottle, he fell peacefully to sleep, slept for several hours, and didn't wake up begging for a bottle as in the past. However, I have continued to pump and I have been feeding him a bottle of breast milk every other bottle. However, this is where my question comes in. Every time I feed him a bottle of breast milk, he screams in pain and tenses his body a few minutes later. It's as if the milk is hurting his stomach. I've heard that milk that has too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk, which I think is the problem with my milk, can make a baby's tummy hurt. What should I do?
I have thought of several options, and I would like your opinions:
A) I can continue to feed my LO the breastmilk, since the benefits of his having the antibodies outweigh an upset stomach.
B) I can mix the formula with breastmilk to add something to the foremilk.
C) Or, I can stop feeding him breastmilk all together.
Any other options that y'all can think of?