Ryan had a checkup today. We have been having colic and gas issues with him and I discussed these with his pediatrician. She decided to check his poop to see if there were any trace amounts of blood in his stool. She said this would indicate a milk protein allergy which is what could be causing all his tummy troubles. He has gas ALL DAY LONG and he seriously poops like 15-20 times a day. This is no exaggeration. Everytime he would fart poop would come out and after he would eat then he would completely fill a diaper. So she tested the poop and sure enough there was blood in it So we have to stop breastfeeding and he has been put on a special formula for babies with milk protein allergy. I cried of course because A) I feel guilty that me breastfeeding and doing what I thought was best is what was making him sick and B) I love breastfeeding and having that special bonding time with my boy and don't want that taken away. After two bottles of the formula I can already tell a difference in his gassiness and he didn't shoot poop all over the place after he ate. He has slept so soundly after both bottles. I still feel sad that breastfeeding was taken away from us but at the same time I am so relieved that he is going to start feeling better. Life threw us some lemons today so it's time to make some lemonade
He is up to 9lbs 11ozs (8-5 at birth), his head was 37.5cm (35 at birth), and he was 21 1/4 inches long (20.5 at birth). So despite all the tummy issues with the milk you can see that he's a growing boy. He ate 5ozs with both bottles. He's going to be my little linebacker!
Way to grow Ryan!! I'm sorry about the BF, but I'm glad that his tummy isn't upset anymore, and I know you are too! Congrats on a great check-up otherwise!
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Sorry to hear about BF issue. But way to grow Ryan!
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I'm sorry about the BF'ing - I think you can keep it up if you go dairy free. Which you may not want or be able to do for personal reasons but figured I'd toss it out there in case you didn't know. A good friend recently had to do it - and it wasn't easy especially b/c her daughter was REALLY sensitive (there wasn't trace amounts of blood she had large streaks of it all through diapers it was kind of scary until they figured it out). She had to be careful about butter etc. But she cut out dairy watched what she ate especially if she ate out and made it BF'ing a year. Regardless I'm glad he's feeling better!
As much as I love to breastfeed I know that for me a no dairy diet would be impossible. My sister did it for my niece and she told me it was the hardest thing she's ever had to do. The list of things you can eat is very slim and with having two other kids and a household to take care of I seriously don't have the time to prepare myself a special diet. So I am just going to be happy that I got him the colostrum and we started him on formula. He is doing okay with the formula. His pooping has improved tremendously. He still has a colicky time every night starting around 10pm. He grunts, passes gas, and cries for a few hours. He gives us about a 20 minute break here and there. I am going to buy some gripe water today and hope that it gives him some relief. We do the Mylicon drops but they aren't very effective for him.
Hey Jessicah, was Ryan resistant to feeding at all? My Ryan has started resenting feeding (bottle or breast) and starts screaming and squirming a few minutes into a feed. It's heartbreaking. He's hungry but doesn't want to eat. I noticed two more diapers with tiny specks of blood in them, and green poop. I am going to try and get him into the doctor tomorrow.