I took my daughter to the pediatrician this morning. She has not had anymore blood in her stools but they are still frequent green and watery. I also started paying closer attention to other things that she has been doing. (she is 11 weeks) For the past week or so she has been rubbing her face on my shirt like it itches. She also scratched her face with her fingernails a couple of days ago and then did it again yesterday. She started slacking off with eating yesterday and woke up crying a few times but when I tried to feed her she would just go back to sleep.
She pooped on cue for the Dr today (LOL!) so he got to see it first hand. After hearing my history and what I have been eating, he doesn't think it is from my diet since it can't get much blander than what it is. I did have cantaloupe and honey dew melon with half of a cupcake on Sunday (her green bloody poops started early Tuesday morning). He didn't think that those would do it. He did tell me how green can be normal if it just passes through quickly and that if she had a forceful poo then it could have caused a fissure, hence the blood. Neither one of us could see that, though.
I asked him to check her ears and he confirmed that she has an ear infection. This is her THIRD one. The first one was at 11 days and she just finished meds one week ago for the second. The Dr said that an ear infection could cause the loose stools. She is now on a different antibiotic and he wants me to give mylanta 4 x's a day before she eats until her diarrhea is gone.
Given my history, I am having trouble believing that the green stools are from her ear infection. Although, she "has" had 3 and maybe her body is starting to not handle them well??
Has anyone dealt with this or know of it being true?
I have stretched out my block feedings and have quit pumping. I am so used to having engorged breasts that I am scared I won't have a good supply once they adjust. I know I am probably just being a nervous nellie but with everything I have gone through in the past. I have a lot of doubts about being able to make this work. But, as strange as this is, I also have absolutely no desire to quit or give up. I would have already done so with my others. I think it has to do with the climbing amount of support offered to breastfeeding mothers. In 14 years, and through eight babies, I have gone from absolutely no support to where I am now and it gives me so much hope that I actually can do this.
ETA - I forgot to ask if a forceful letdown can play a part in a baby having ear infections.
Also, there has been a cold going through the house each time she has had an ear infection so I am more prone to blame it on that than on allergies.