Exclusively BFing and baby BM issues.

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Nell4Him's picture
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Exclusively BFing and baby BM issues.

My daughter is just over 5 weeks old and has only been breast fed.

My problem is with her poop.

She was a great pooper at the beginning. She got all her muconium out in the first 24 hours and she pooped great the first week of life. She pooped 6-7 times at night every night and then would poop about 2-3 times during the day. Until she was 1 week and 2 days old. That's when it all went downhill.

She stopped pooping on her own that day. Then 3 days later I stimulated with a Q-tip dipped in olive oil and got a small amount out of her. 2 days after that was her 2 week check up. The doc prescribed a glycerin suppository (but the pharmacy gave me enemas). The next day (6 days after her last natural bm) I used an enema and got a small amount out again. 8 days after last natural bm, I used another enema and pushed a little more fluid in and got 3 size 6 diapers full of poop! :eek:

11 days after she stopped pooping, she pooped without being prompted and I was VERY happy. :clappy: She continued to poop every 2-3 days up until Sept 25th (7 days later). Then nothing for 6 days and I used an enema again. That was LAST Saturday and I used another one today cause she hasn't pooped since then and she's continued to get VERY cranky with passing gas.

So this whole time she's been passing gas and peeing normally.. well, the gas I would say is more than normal amount. The gas is VERY stinky and she tends to cry with it like she's really uncomfortable. Her belly is not hard or sticking out at all and other than when she's passing gas, she's super contented. Her color is good and she is gaining weight and nursing frequently.

But I'm highly concerned with her lack of pooping.

When I induce a BM with an enema, it's thick (like a milkshake) and orange-ish with the occasional "seed". And it S-T-I-N-K-S.

When she poops on her own, it's yellow and seedy (like it's supposed to be) and smells like buttered popcorn (just like my older two's baby's at this age).

My concern is that she's allergic to my milk.

Is that even possible?

We see the doc again at 7 weeks (Oct 17th).

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She may have a protein allergy, but you'd have to see if her poop tested positive for blood. If it did, then you could try cutting out dairy and soy from your diet to see if it helps.

Have you taken her to a chiropractor? Cassandra was having similar issues, I took her to my chiro, who said her pelvis was locked, adjusted her gently, and she immediately had a huge poo, then had another 5 through the rest of the day. That was yesterday.

You have to have a GOOD chiro who is familiar with infants, though. not just any old chiro.

Star

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I 2nd the chriopracter! you may want to contact a LC in the area or a La Leche League leader and see if they have anyone they can recommened.

You may want to keep a food journal for a few days. That way you can start to see if there is any coroalation to your food intake vs. when she has a natural bm.

Have you called the pedi back about it?

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"Starflyr" wrote:

She may have a protein allergy, but you'd have to see if her poop tested positive for blood. If it did, then you could try cutting out dairy and soy from your diet to see if it helps.

I am lactose intolerant and in the last couple of years cannot have straight cow's milk without vomiting, and during the pregnancy added ice cream to that list. We only have lactose-free milk in the house (but I understand that still has milk protein in it). I limit my dairy intake for my own sake, but my diet isn't dairy free in the strict sense. I still eat cheese every few days (a couple of slices), and I don't read labels carefully, so there's definitely room for improvement in my dairy consumption. :confused:

"Starflyr" wrote:

Have you taken her to a chiropractor? Cassandra was having similar issues, I took her to my chiro, who said her pelvis was locked, adjusted her gently, and she immediately had a huge poo, then had another 5 through the rest of the day. That was yesterday.

You have to have a GOOD chiro who is familiar with infants, though. not just any old chiro.

Star

I was actually thinking of this yesterday, but we are in such a rural area that we don't have anyone who adjusts little ones (and I'm not sure I'd trust them if they said they did). Is there any particular credentials I should look for? I am likely going shopping an hour away soon, and it's a larger populated area. There may be a chiro there I could take her to.

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"Cherrykitten" wrote:

Have you called the pedi back about it?

The last I spoke with my doctor about it, she was in the week where she was pooping. We've been on vacation in a different state since the 27th. We will be getting back Saturday evening. I was planning on calling the doc's office on Monday to touch bases.

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I'd definitely be looking into your diet because to me it seems like something you're eating is messing with her system. My son was sensitive to a few foods those first 3 months (spicy foods, broccoli, high amounts of beans). We didn't really have any allergy issues though, so I'm not a lot of help in that area. Sorry!

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I also suspect diet as an issue since she goes between normal and not normal poops. Watch the dairy, but you could also consider traditional allergy foods - nuts, strawberries, gluten etc. Start a food diary as soon as you can so you can see patterns. Or start an elimination diet - eliminate any suspect food for TWO weeks and if she's better, start adding in the foods slowly - 4/5 days apart. My DD is sensitive to dairy and I figured it out myself by doing an elimination, cut out ALL dairy for two weeks, she improved 100%.

Good luck! It's so hard seeing them uncomfortable/in pain! :bigarmhug:

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Thanks for your input.

I had a thing all typed up and I was just finishing it and my laptop died and I lost it all. Sad I hate how it doesn't warn me anymore before the battery is low enough for it to shut down. And I've lost a lot more of my battery life, too. :shrug:

Anyway... I've cut my dairy significantly and I'm working on a menu list of things I CAN eat (focusing on the positives) and am going to be completely dairy free in a few days. The only dairy I've had in the last few days was items I didn't realize had casein in them (our lunch meat and my favorite "dairy free" coffee creamer) and a little bit of real butter spread thinly on toast. I think I'm doing REALLY well so far. Just have to cut those few things.

I'm also switching to half-caf coffee. I only have about 2 cups of coffee each day and it's spread out over a few hours time, but they are 8 or 12 oz cups, so it's really more like 4 "cups". I've found that it's not so much the caffeine I'm craving as it's the hot, soothing, comfort. I'm gonna go half-caf for a while without increasing the quantity I consume, and then I'll go full out decaf. Small steps, right? Don't want to shock my system.

I have high hopes for this new lifestyle, and DH is completely on board with me and is helping me by finding resources like this: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/accidentally-vegan.aspx and it's so nice to be supported. He's not going completely dairy free, but he's limiting his dairy consumption while in my presence.

I know that this dairy free diet will do wonders for me, too, so there is extra motivation.

Again, thank you all for your help.

:mrgreen:

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Oh.. and Evie pooped on Sunday, but I think it's cause I gave her 3cc of water the day before while in the car driving home from vacation (14 hour drive). I only gave it to her (in a syringe) cause she was hungry and we couldn't pull over yet for safety reasons. So I was trying to hold her off. I gave it to her VERY slowly and it took about 5 minutes for her to take it all.

My doc told me to give her 5cc of water a couple of times each day but not exceed 1oz. I haven't been doing it cause it just doesn't "feel" right to me. I think the issue is definitely my diet.

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You might find this an interesting read:

http://holisticibclc.blogspot.com/2011/06/gut-microbes-and-poop.html

This woman is an incredible IBCLC. She has a fantastic reputation and certainly saved my breastfeeding relationship with Quinn.