6 weeks! Advice needed!

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6 weeks! Advice needed!

Here's my 6 week old Emalyn! ( again sorry pics r sooooo huge)

Here's my two daughters!

Ok, so ema has had a pooping problem and hasn't pooped since Monday! I did like the doc said and tried a warm bath with a warm washcloth on her belly, messaging her tummy, and gave her prune juice. I will cntinue to pump and give prune juice when able but other than a rectal temp what do u suggest? I want to keep her regular and not have to visit the er anymore.

And here is the other issue, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EAT ANYMORE! I have cut out dairy and soy. Any ideas?

Here's what I can think of to eat:
Salad with ctx or ham and non cream based dressings
Tuna on crackers (no mayo)
Ctx nuggets or patties and frys
Hot dogs
Tacos no cheese or sour cream
Pizza with no cheese (picked off)
Dry cereal.....

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Adorable pictures! Im not much help on what to eat though. What about throwing an extra feeding or two in to keep her more hydrated?

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You are exclusively nursing? And they are concerned about no poop in four days? Is there a reason? Lucas only pooped every seven days like clockwork after the initial newborn poops until we started solids. I was told that was 100% normal. Is she having other issues that make this a bigger problem?

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Wow, I didn't know you could give a newborn prune juice! Learn something new every day.

Some kids just don't poop as much as others...bottom line. (pun intended. Blum 3 ) Like Rachelle said, it might be normal for her.

Are you still giving her formula? I've never much heard of exclusively breast fed babies getting constipated, perhaps cut out the formula if you can? If there is a problem, that might fix you up.

There are millions of foods you can eat that don't include diary and soy. You might just have to cook them yourself (i.e. not buy pre-made):

- chicken breast
- pork chops
- steak
- ham
- fish
- rice
- steamed vegetables
- chicken noodle soup
- fruit
- meat loaf
- egg noddles
- tomato sauce
- roasted potatoes
- baked potatoes
- bacon (read the package)

I think the bottom line is you'll need trim your diet down to the simple elements and eat un-processed foods. Grill up a pack of chicken breasts and it will last you a few meals.

I'm not sure if you can have tortillas but you could make some yummy chicken veggie wraps. Even soft tacos.

*hugs* once you find some meals you love it won't seem so bad. Before I got pregnant I was on a Slow Carb diet that involved no white carbs (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) and no dairy. It was really weird (and hard) at first...but it became normal after a while and I had so much more energy. I lost 25 lbs in 3 months on it without even exercising at all.

Be thankful you don't like to drink milk!

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This might help:

Dairy and Soya Free Recipes

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You could also get the refrigerated coconut milk. I used that in everything when I didn't eat dairy with DS1 and DD. I stayed off of dairy until they were around a year. It can be done. You can search for vegan recipes...they wouldn't use dairy and you can check for soy.

Is her dr worried? I've also heard up to 2+ weeks isn't a big deal for pooping as long as they aren't uncomfortable.

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What about Almond Milk?

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I miss chocolate milk with breakfast, cereal, and ice cream. I use almond milk in my coffee and it makes a huge difference. I rarely use the special formula now :D.

They were only concerned bc she wasn't keeping down her food and straining and crying. The prune juice did it! Yay. Hope. I don't have to again!

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I too wonder if it is really a pooping problem...very likely could be her settling into her new normal. I had the same thing happen with DS1. I worried about it at the time but in hindsight I realized it was just his normal. He was a fussy baby and so it was hard to determine if there was a cause like constipation but I really think it was just how he was.

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She went again this am! Wow I hope I just helped her clear a passage for future bms lol.

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Why do you think its a dairy soy issue?

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She screamed and screamed with nothing I could do to help and horrible baby acne and now no screaming and when she crys we can calm her.

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Sounds a lot like my oldest. I think the longest he went without pooping was 12 days. I know they say that it is fine, but I really think it makes babies miserable! Nothing I did helped him poop. I am glad you found something to help. I cut out dairy and it helped with the spit up and acid reflux some, but not totally. He was on Zantac and I don't think that helped at all. It is not fun dealing with a baby that is constantly spitting up and fussing. As far as the food, it can be hard. I love dairy and was sad to cut out the cheese and butter! I agree that cutting out the processed foods and cooking from scratch and making substitutions is the best thing to do. I don't eat tons of processed foods, so that part wasn't hard. But I could substitute a lot, and what I couldn't substitute, I just cut out totally. I used the rice dream as a substitute for milk in a lot of recipes.

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At first the change in diet will seem kind of tricky, but you will find a new "normal" as far as what to eat and it won't seem too bad after the initial adjustment. Oh... there are "specialty stores" that sell ice cream made from coconut milk. The price is outrageous though, and of course there is still a bunch of other processed stuff in it. Anyway, for an ice cream replacement you can freeze your favorite fruit (strawberries, bananas, etc) Then get some FULL FAT coconut milk or a coconut cream. Take out your frozen fruit and put some of the cream on it in a blender. Blend up the mixture and add a little sugar if you like. Not exactly the same, but close! One thing we do for a lot of meals is a bunch of meat in the slow cooker. I buy whatever is on sale for the week (I can get pork roasts as cheap as $1.50 a pound sometimes, and beef roasts for less then $3... or some of the cheaper steaks or pork chops at that price too). I put a bunch of meat in the slow cooker in the morning with some salt and onion powder). Cook all day on low, and in the evening just serve it up with your favorite sauce. Can you still eat eggs? Eggs are versatile! ANyway, gotta go for now, but I'll think about it and maybe add some more things later.

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Thank u Laurie. I haven't been told to cut oiut eggs. I bought some stuff to make homeMade pizzas, fried potatoes, shredded chicken, beef tips, spaghetti, salads, and some humus for snacking. I forget what else. I'll keep checking bc I'm sure u have many ideas Smile O and idk abt coconut milk bc I don't like the taste of coconuts in cookies and bars....

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I HATE coconut in cookies and bars!! Mostly it's a texture thing for me, but yeah, I can't stand it. That being said... I love to bake with coconut flour and use coconut milk in recipes. So... give it a try, you might like it. Smile

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I love crock pot cooking! I just need to remember to thaw meat the day before. I'm so forgetful!

Honestly, for me dairy would be the easiest to cut out....except for maybe my morning coffee. Gluten would be such a pain to cut out!

Good job on picking up some groceries. I don't know how you can eat pizza without cheese though. You go girl!

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I don't eat dairy or soy (or wheat/gluten) so I'll just give you a day in the life Smile

Usually eggs for breakfast. Right now I'm doing an omelette with tomatoes and salsa and avocado. Yum. In a crepe/tortilla it's even better.
Snacks are usually fruit/smoothies/chocolate.
Lunches are usually salads - don't always worry about an animal protein, you can add nuts and seeds to your salads too.
Dinners - depends on if we feel like cooking that night or not. I can easily skip dinner for snacking (not really ideal). But I focus more on sides rather than just one main thing. Lots of veggies for sides. I liked my cooked veggies at dinner time. We'll do fish, quinoa, meatballs, burgers, chicken, salmon patties, quiche, loaves of various sorts (usually just veggies & eggs processed together and baked). Soups and stews are always great (although not if you don't like them in the summer). We love roasted and bbq'd veggies too. Zucchini, asparagus, eggplant, sweet potato, portabello mushrooms (they make yummy burgers too)

I also drink almond milk. The chocolate one Smile And as far as baking, I use coconut oil for the base (I also don't like the taste of coconut, but I've gotten used to the coconut oil, and don't taste it anymore. You can also use almond milk and hemp milk in baking.

Good luck!

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"dinzy" wrote:

I don't eat dairy or soy (or wheat/gluten) so I'll just give you a day in the life Smile

Usually eggs for breakfast. Right now I'm doing an omelette with tomatoes and salsa and avocado. Yum. In a crepe/tortilla it's even better.
Snacks are usually fruit/smoothies/chocolate.
Lunches are usually salads - don't always worry about an animal protein, you can add nuts and seeds to your salads too.
Dinners - depends on if we feel like cooking that night or not. I can easily skip dinner for snacking (not really ideal). But I focus more on sides rather than just one main thing. Lots of veggies for sides. I liked my cooked veggies at dinner time. We'll do fish, quinoa, meatballs, burgers, chicken, salmon patties, quiche, loaves of various sorts (usually just veggies & eggs processed together and baked). Soups and stews are always great (although not if you don't like them in the summer). We love roasted and bbq'd veggies too. Zucchini, asparagus, eggplant, sweet potato, portabello mushrooms (they make yummy burgers too)

I also drink almond milk. The chocolate one Smile And as far as baking, I use coconut oil for the base (I also don't like the taste of coconut, but I've gotten used to the coconut oil, and don't taste it anymore. You can also use almond milk and hemp milk in baking.

Good luck!

Sounds pretty similar to us, but we do eat some high fat dairy. Anyway, our quick meals are things like burgers (bun less for us, but that's not a problem for you) salmon patties, eggs scrambled with a variety of veggies on hand. Another favorite here is simply to cook up some ground beef and add a bunch of salsa to it. YOu can do a "meal" potato salad. Cook up some cubed potatoes as well as carrot and peas. Let all of that cool and then add in some pickles and cooked chicken (also cooled). Add your mayonnaise and mustard to it, and you're all set. Of course make sure you get a mayo without soy... there are some that use only canola oil. Rice is another thing that is versatile that you can still eat! You can make all kinds of varieties of veggies, meat, and rice dishes. Google Paleo recipes. All of those recipes are soy free. Almost all of them are dairy free as well or give options for dairy free. We use a lot of "Paleo" recipes, and actually follow that way of eating somewhat closely - definitely not as strict as some though. For snacking fruit is always a great option. We also eat a variety of nuts/seeds. Chocolate is great (but it has a TINY amount of soy in it!).

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It's true that I sometimes eat gluten free soy sauce, and I do have soy lecithin in some chocolates. Although there are some you can buy without it. But it's pricey.