I'm starving and LC visit update

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eliann's picture
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I'm starving and LC visit update

So I will preface this by saying Henry is a lot better. He even slept 7 hours last night. I'm sure it was just a lucky night and we won't see that happen for awhile. But it was great. Whether its the reflux meds (zantac and prevacid), my eliminating dairy and soy, or just knowing his language a little better, I am not sure, but he seems better. However, he still has some bouts of fussiness and he's just so dang loud when he cries that people stare.

So I went to another LC yesterday to pick up a scale since my right breast is under performing in supply. He won't stay on that breast and prefers the left (the one with the crappy flat nipple, great!). And when I pump, I pump 4-5oz on my left and only .5-1oz on the right. I knew pumping wasn't an accurate way to see how much they are taking in, so I rented the scale. He is taking in about .5 oz on the right and about 2-2.5oz on the left, so my pumping was pretty accurate. Anyway....

The LC observed a feeding and noticed that he does eat quite fast for his age. And thinks maybe he is overeating to soothe his throat from GERD. She said this can be cyclical and lead to babies protesting the breast. She also witnessed one of his colic breakdowns that occurred approximately 10 minutes after I fed him. She was like, whoa, that baby has got some lungs. She said he is definitely in pain and that my reflux medicine should be doing something to take that down a notch. Haha. So she thinks its an allergy. She asked me to give up dairy and soy, which I have already done. But to also give up nuts, peanut butter, citrus fruits, and wheat gluten. She asked that I do it for 10 days and start adding things back in.

OMG!!! What the crap will I eat? I'm so hungry ladies. I am eating meats and veggies and non citrus fruits, but dang I just want a chocolate bar, macarroni and cheese, and spoonfuls of peanut butter, and all my snack foods that have wheat gluten. Ha! I'm not clear if I'm allowed to have beans. But I'm eating some, because they are filling.

Anyone else ever done an elimination diet? How did you survive?

crazy j's picture
Joined: 10/08/07
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I did an elimination diet with DS. I ate nothing but turkey, rice and squash at first. I lost too much weight! I started frying everything in a mild oil too add calories. I would get rice flour and made turkey nuggets. You can also buy rice bread and rice milk. FYI, Lays potato chips are nothing but potato, oil, and salt. Elimination diet friendly!

eliann's picture
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Thanks Joan, did you ever figure out which food was the culprit? I hope that this helps him, because I am so hungry!

crazy j's picture
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Unfortunately, nothing worked for us. Looking back, I think ds inherited dh's sensitive system. They both have easily upset tummies and skin.

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Oh my gosh Elizabeth! That is so hard! I considered doing an elimination diet with this guy because he was soooo cranky and at first cutting out dairy didn't seem to be helping. But then after a couple of weeks he did get better. Still not sure if dairy has anything to do with it, but I am continuing to not eat it since that is a relatively easy fix. But a while elimination diet? Eeek! I hope you are able to eat a relatively normal diet soon!

Are you doing anything to try to increase your supply with your right boob? After a while T started rejecting my right boob too, which from pumping I also suspected was under performing. I would always make him start on that boob, but let him move to the left boob after a minute or two when he wanted to. We did ok with basically just nursing the left boob. My only complaint is that it made me look lopsided!

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Joined: 07/23/07
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Wow Elizabeth, I can't believe you are giving up all of that! I hope you get answers soon.
I was going to say also just start on the right boob every time. Weird that one side produces so much more than the other. But I've heard of people who just nurse on one side so it can be done!

eliann's picture
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I was starting each feed on the right. The LC said to just switch each time, but always offer the right and let him comfort nurse on that side since he likes to do that anyway. She also wanted me to pump the right side for 10 minutes after each feeding. I do this one, maybe two times a day if I am lucky, but after each feeding would be impossible. Who has time for that?

Did I mention my body broke out in hives and I am on a steroid? I think that affected my supply. But I finished the steroids today and actually he seems to be going thru a growth spurt, because he is eating every hour. But today the right side actually leaked, and I was able to pump half an ounce after nursing, so I think its getting back on track.

She just wanted me to eliminate those foods for10 days and then start adding them back in and see if it triggers any extra fussiness. Today has been a fussy day, so i almost question this diet. I know it takes more than a day to get out of your system though.

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I operated under the principal that it took 7 days to get out of my system, then 7 more days to get out of the babies.

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