Hi, I am new to this site and also posted the below message on breastfeeding.com, hoping I'll find some help between the two forums. Any advice is much appreciated.
And-per the site request- my daughter is 3 months old, 12 lb, overall healthy, poops less than average (~2-3 times/week at most). One thing I forgot to mention in the post below is that her poop is not odd-colored though it is a darker mustard-brown orange v. the more usual yellow-orange, and its odor is not the buttermilk smell of more usual BF poo; tends to smell a little more like spoiled buttermilk/sour smell, and tends to be a little thicker, like thick pudding (no mucous or hard stools though). Anyway, here goes:
Question about VERY foul gas odor
Hi, I just joined this site hoping for some guidance after much research on my own and still no idea of what to do.
My 3 month old daughter is exclusively breastfed. She exhibits signs of "mild colic" as our pediatrician put it, especially in the form of late-evening bouts of crying. However, that has been improving as we've learned to "read" her cries and found ways of comforting her and calming her before the storm.
My main concern now is she has developed the most incredibly foul-smelling gas over the past 6-8 weeks. She's getting 'better' at passing it, i.e. doesn't always strain against the gas bubble itself, which may be why the colic symptoms are easing. She does occasionally wake arching her back and crying, and definitely has some days that are fussier than others, but overall the colic/fussy symptoms have improved but the stench of the gas is still AWFUL! I hate to be crude but imagine the most awful dog fart you ever smelled. That is the smell of my poor baby's flatulence.
We discussed it at her 2 month checkup and she even passed gas while the pediatrician was examining her. His response was: "Wow, she does stink, but at least she's cute!" and he was very reassuring that he is not concerned about it. (I remember that her gas then wasn't as potent as it is now.) He advised that I don't need to be concerned about eliminating any foods or about GERD. This is when she was diagnosed with "mild colic," as he focused more on her crying patterns than on the gas and odor.
I have a very strong mom instinct telling me that the frequency of her gas is not normal, and that the stench of it is a sign of an underlying condition...and several mom-friends also have the same instinct after witnessing her cries and smelling the 'afterburn.' During a mid-day crying bout followed by extremely noxious gas last week, I called the pediatric triage nurse, who asked me if I'd eaten "anything strange, like potato salad?" I have kept a 2 week food journal in the past and noticed NO pattern to the gas based on my food intake (and I noticed during the journaling that I have a varied diet, low in dairy) which I told her. She basically made me feel like I was being a paranoid mom and told me I could schedule a priority visit if I must. I should note that this is my second child and my first did not have any of these symptoms; also that I usually love our pediatric practice and this is the first time I've felt somewhat dismissed by them.
I have tried other tricks such as nursing only on one side, burping/keeping her upright after feedings/Mylicon/probiotics in bottles of breastmilk/gripe water/tummy massage/warm baths...all with no change in the stench. I don't know if I need to take her to a gastroenterologist or if I need to be spending more time researching MY food intake...my goal is to breastfeed as long as she wants to, and I am willing to alter my diet if needed; I also hope to avoid a Western medical model approach of just easing the symptom v. finding the cause.
My only guess is that I am sensitive to dairy in milk form but am fine with yogurt & cheese...could her gas be a severe allergic response to the minimal amount of dairy in my diet?
Sorry to be longwinded but I am at a loss for what to do and the information in books/websites doesn't seem to address gas stench, only gas pain/colic. Any help is much, much appreciated.