I would like to post something for all mommies like myself who are passionate about breastfeeding their babies and run into a snag.
I recently gave birth to my 3rd beautiful baby. A boy. He arrived in April at a healthy 8 pounds, and a little jaundiced. However, he latched on perfectly and immediately after birth. My milk came in a day or two later. I waited for his poop to turn from the birth black to the yellow, seedy, breastmilk poop that it normally does within the first week or two after birth. It didn't happen. It went from black to green. Never yellow. Never seedy. 9 days after his birth, I took him to a local pediatrician. (The pediatrician group I took my first 2 kids to was on the opposite side of town as we had moved last year).
When I took the baby to the pediatrician on this side of town, I took a soiled diaper so I could show the doctor. He took it from me and gave it to his nurse and told her to test it for blood. At this point, I'm getting nervous hearing words like "blood in the stool" and "milk protein allergy." The nurse comes back into the room with the results from the test and the doctor looks at the test, looks at me and says, "You have no hope of nursing your baby. You need to put him on a special formula. He has an allergy to milk protein. He's basically allergic to your milk."
Excuse my french but WTF?!
I just looked at the doctor and said, "What are my other options?"
The doctor looked at me with a blank look on his face like he didn't understand the question.
I said, "I have 2 other children that I breastfed for 3 years each. NOT breastfeeding my newborn baby is NOT an option for me. What are my other options?"
The doctor got real grim and said, "Well you would have to virtually eliminate ALL dairy from your diet. And milk is in everything. Even things you don't think it is such as cake mix, crackers, bread, etc."
I said that it wasn't such a problem for me because I don't do dairy. I don't drink milk, I drink almond milk. I don't eat ice cream, yogurt, cheese, or butter.
He goes on to say, "The thing about allergies is that the body doesn't care if it's a little or a lot, it's still allergic."
He said it would take 3 days for all milk to leave my system.
He sent me out the door with a "good luck with that" attitude.
I left his office absolutely heart broken. Defeated, discouraged, depressed, and disgusted. For the next few days I paid close attention to every little thing I ate or drank. I went absolutely dairy free on everything, but I couldn't help feeling like I was poisoning my baby. Every time I changed his diaper, it would remind me that I am poison to my baby. The most basic and fundamental thing in life was poisoning my baby!
I have a very good friend that is a nurse and worked in the NIC-U at the county hospital for a long time. She said she thought because the baby was jaundiced that he was just eliminating all the excess red blood cells from his system via his stool. I continued the sun baths and waited for the jaundice to pass in hopes that her theory was correct.
The jaundice passed, but his stool stayed green.
I was practically driving myself (and my husband) insane with the dairy free diet, but still...green poop.
Finally, I decided to take the baby to the pediatrician I had used for my kids for the last 15 years (opposite side of town).
He gave the baby the once over. Checked his poopy diaper, tested the poop.
He said there is blood present in his stool but if there isn't red streaks in it, he's not worried about it. He said if the baby wasn't complaining, not to worry about it. He told me to continue nursing the baby. So I did. And I have.
I am happy to report that he just had a check up at 7 months and he is right on track with the weight, height, etc.
The nurse practitioner that saw him said that as long as he's growing and is healthy and happy, there is no reason to stop nursing.
So after that long story, I guess my point is that if there are any other mommies out there who are experiencing this:
GET A SECOND OPINION! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: DON'T GIVE UP!! BREASTMILK IS STILL BEST!!