So, my DS (3 months) is having watery green stool for weeks now with some blood (little flecks & strings in some of his stools). We've been to the ER (first bloody poop freaked us out), our pediatrician a couple of times, I've worked with a lactation consultant, and he saw a Pediatric GI last week. I'm on the Elimination Diet as recommended by the Pediatric GI because she thinks it's related to food sensitivity/allergy. I'm thinking a combo of overactive letdown and food sensitivity. I'm doing everything I can to try to solve both problems.
The Pediatric GI is very supportive of breastfeeding and told me to breastfeed him at least a year because it would end up helping with his allergies/sensitivities in the long-run. I had always planned to breastfeed at least a year, so this was good news. It's been really tough though because his GI problems are causing him to be gassy, colicky and sometimes refuse the breast -- his shorter feeds I think are serving to exacerbate the foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and continuing to irritate his system. I want to try to figure out a solution to help him heal and start having more regular, normal bowel movements.
The Pediatric GI had recommended trying to start solids at 4 months. She said conventional wisdom about starting at 6 months is not appropriate because babies need more iron than they get from breast milk alone, even though breast milk should, of course, be the main source of nutrition for the first year. I never planned to start solids until 6 months and figured we'd do the BLS route. But with all of his GI problems, I'm wondering if introducing solids sooner (4 months as she recommended) may help him develop more formed stools. Of course, it could end up causing him even more distress if his body isn't ready for solids. So, I'm really not sure what to do. Any thoughts here? Is 4 months really too soon for solids? I never thought I'd go the rice cereal route but I'm considering it for next month if I thought it would help him get better. Any thoughts would be appreciated.