Wow, great idea spottedfox, but I am the kind that would trickle milk. I have an overabundant supply. I have thought of possibly letting just one boob go dry and letting him comfort suck, but now I might not have to do that!
We are now at day 6 (i think) of our 2 week trial. He was doing well on the formula until a few days ago. He started slowly getting worse spitting up again, crying, fighting during the feed. I'm so upset, but in a way relieved that it's not only my breastmilk. Still, he was *much* worse on the breastmilk.
Yesterday I spoke to the LLL lactation consultant. She agreed with going for the 2 week trial after she heard my history. And she did say that most likely he will not forget how to latch since he's been nurrsing for 6 weeks and only bottle feeding for 2. She also said that if it is a lactose intolerance problem, I could "blanch" or heat up my milk in order to boil out the lactose. I have a whole freezer full of breastmilk so that won't be a problem. After the trial I'm going to try that. I'm also going to get him checked out for eosinophilic esophagitis.
But on to other news, we had our cranio sacral appointment today and I think it went well. I'm not really sure what it is all about, but she laid him on a table and felt around his head and neck. I didn't get to see much because my 3 year old was jumping around and getting ancy. DS had just eaten and was crying and refluxing before the treatment, but he stopped and was calmer during and after.
She gave me some DGL to put in his bottle to help soothe his throat. I also noticed it thickens the milk a little so maybe it will help it stay down. She also gave me some pretty good (and expensive) probiotics to put in each of his bottles. After the formula trial, if he is doing better from the craniosacral, I will be putting this in the bottles of my breastmilk. I wish I had known about the DGL before starting the formula trial.
So, I'm trying not to get too excited, because him not doing as well on the formula might mean we need to switch to a more hypoallergenic formula. But it also might mean that my breastmilk is ok. I'm kind of in limbo here, hoping the cranio sacral therapy and herbs work so I can reintroduce the breastmilk.
(edited because my computer froze midpost)
Edited by Thing1Thing2 - 10/25/11 at 9:06pm