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    Question Update on previous post about needing serious help

    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.

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    Default Re: Update on previous post about needing serious help

    It sounds like your doctor knows a thing or two -- that's great! You CAN do this -- you just need to trust your body. I'll bet that while you were pregnant you never once doubted your body's ability to grow that baby inside of you, did you? Well guess what? Your body doesn't stop doing what it's designed to do just because you've given birth

    Don't forget -- once your milk supply stabilizes, your breasts won't feel the same as they do now and it will be no indication that there's a supply problem, okay?

    You're doing great! Just keep it up!!!

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    Default Re: Update on previous post about needing serious help

    I just wanted to say that I am so impressed with you! So many other women would not even be trying to bf after all you 've gone through. You are truely exemplary! I'm glad you are so gung-ho. Your children are so very lucky to have a mama like you! Bravo!
    Kristie L.
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    Default Re: Update on previous post about needing serious help

    Have you tried cutting all dairy out of your diet? Blood in stool is usually a sign of food allergy. It's uncommon, but it DOES happen! The most common thing is dairy. I haven't read your previous posts, but you said you've been on a bland diet. What exactly does that mean? You said you ate half a cupcake. Was this a cupcake you made or bought? B/c a bought one would almost definitely have dairy (unless you bought an expensive hard to find dairy free one.)

    My 5 month old is allergic to milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, and wheat. If I eat any of those he gets mucousy green poop, spits up a lot, eczema, rashes, etc. It's unusual for a baby to be allergic to anything through mom's milk and it's even more unusual for it to be more than dairy, but like I said, it DOES happen. If I were you, I'd cut out ALL dairy (read labels or make everything from scratch yourself--careful, most margarine has milk in it, that's why reading labels is so important) and see how that goes.

    In my experience, most pedatricians aren't familiar with food allergies in breastfeeding babies. Most of them don't even seem to know the difference between milk allergy and lactose intolerance.

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    Default Re: Update on previous post about needing serious help

    Oh, I also wanted to say I have struggled w/ oversupply w/ all of my babies so far. Oversupply will cause green poop, gassiness nad fussiness, but it does NOT cause blood in the poop!

    I only nurse on one side all night and then the other side all morning, the first side all late morning/early afternoon, other side all evening and so on. That's 8 hour blocks and it works for me!

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    Default Re: Update on previous post about needing serious help

    I thought I would add that we just had our son at the doc because of an ear infection(he is 22months) and thakfully it is only his third but with that said the doc who loked at him 2 days after finishing his antibiotics had just gotten back from a conference on ear infections and said that it takes two months for an ear infection to heal. She said that doctors are being warned not to keep prescribing antibiotics for the same ear infection. With that said you may want to get a refferal an ear, nose, throat specialist to see why your daughter has had so many ear infections in such a short period of time and if it is still a new ear infection or a healing one. The other thing I would reccomend is for you to start taking a broad ranging probiotic like Udo's Choice. I don't work for the company or anything it has just worked wonders after antibiotics for us. If you are taking it a certain amount of it will come through in your milk to help the babe. If the flora is off in the intestinal tract it can definitely throw off the bowel movements making them different colours and consistencies. Hope that helps!

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