Yes, sometimes he was resistant to feed. Ryan never had any visible blood in his diapers. He was seriously pooping like 20 times a day though and his little butt was raw from it. He was always grunting and sometimes after a feeding he would scream relentlessly for HOURS. And it wasn't the normal fussy cry. It was an "I am in pain" cry. It's definitely worth talking to the doctor about. I wish there was a test to actually check for the allergy. All they did was test his poop and she said if it had blood in it that it usually indicated a milk protein allergy. I worried that what if there was something else wrong and we're just assuming an allergy. But now that he's been on the formula (and he's on cereal because he has really bad reflux) he is a completely different baby. No more screaming fits, no more grunting, or constantly squirming. I am glad we got this figured out early. Sometimes babies go months before they figure out what's wrong with them.
I am just now seeing this since I've been absent from the boards for a while. Mayleigh poops pretty much every diaper. Not necessarily a lot... sometimes she will have a regular bowel movement and other times there are just squirts in there. I never thought there could be a problem. She was really gassy at the beginning too. She still has gas and some spit up here and there but I assumed it was all normal and she is able to pass it. Do you think I should be concerned about a milk protein allergy with all the poop? There aren't blowouts, not much fussing or screaming or anything like that. Used to be but we seem to be past that.
Jules, I would say Mayleigh is fine. It was just a gut feeling I had with Ryan and I knew something was wrong. I knew he shouldn't be screaming for hours on end. You could tell he was constantly in pain. BF babies poop alot because their bodies break down the breastmilk more quickly so I say that's why Mayleigh goes so much. Ryan is still a pooping machine. Just not as much as he was. He probably goes about 5 times a day. He still has gas and spits up sometimes but it's more like a normal baby should be. I really don't think you have anything to worry about.
Just so you know it takes two weeks for the dairy to leave your system. You wouldn't believe the things you eat that has milk in it either. It was crazy! I couldn't imagine eliminating dairy from my diet completely. But it can be done. It will also take awhile for it to leave his system as well.
I'm sorry you had to go thru this, but soooo glad that Ryan is better!
Did u try the gripe water? We havent had to try it with Allyson yet but i remember using it with Austin and sometimes it worked quite well. The mylicon never helped him.
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Mylicon didn't help him at all either. The gripe water does work pretty well. She gave us a prescription for Zantac for his reflux but told us to try the cereal with his formula first. It worked for awhile but it seems his body adjusted to the cereal and his reflux picked back up again. The last two night have been rough. So I decided to breakdown and give him the Zantac even though I am not too thrilled with the thought of him taking medicine. But I figure it's better to give it to him than him constantly swallowing and crying in pain.
Jessicah we have Ryan on zantac as well - I HATE giving it to him and almost cry every time, but it's worth a try as reflux can do serious damage. We've been on it for 5 days and I am not sure it has made a difference. He still sometimes cries during eating and won't finish a feed properly. We are trying to decide if we should take him off it to see what happens.
I am planning to see a lactation consultant soon to see if our issues are more behavioural than medical. Good luck!!
I think the Zantac can take some time to get in their system and regulate the reflux. I don't think it's a quick fix but I could be wrong. I would at least give it a week or two before making any decisions. I've given Ryan 3 doses thus far. Well the third dose he puked about 30 seconds after I gave it to him so it didn't get down. And the damage it can do is the very reason I broke down and gave him the medicine.