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post #21 of 39
Um, anyone else baby going through growth spurts at totally random times? Kai had 3 before he hit a month, and now seems to be going through another one ay 8 weeks!! I mean I know there is variation and all but geez, he's really keeping me guessing!!
post #22 of 39
My kiddo is keeping me guessing this time too. She's had one really big one and several little ones where she nurses me out and I'm a bit sore, but only the one big one where she HAD to be attached and nursing all day or she screamed bloody murder at me.
post #23 of 39
Yes!!! That's exactly how DS is! I've been trying other things to soothe him other than the boob (out was my ” I don't know what I'm doing” default for 6 weeks) but he screams until I latch him on!! I had no idea how hard learning to understand him would be!!
post #24 of 39

we don't have any overly pressing issues (except her gas, which i think i have to mention to my doc. i can feel it rumbling in her tummy) but HOW do i get her to take a bottle??? i pumped milk for her but she won't even take it then. she took bottles at first; she didn't take them very well but at least she would try and now she won't even try. i'd like the option of giving her a bottle now and then so i can leave her with my mom or with DH (he will keep her anyway; he just squeezes the nipple of the bottle so the milk goes into her mouth but she doesn't like it) to work out or whatever.

post #25 of 39
My babe will only take relatively fast-flowing latex nipples. Hates everything else! Try a bunch of different bottles/nipples.
post #26 of 39
Also, have someone other than you give her the bottle, don't give it to her when she's really hungry ( put a little milk in the bottle and let her play around with it when she's calm and not wanting to actively eat), and let her draw the nipple into her mouth, don't push it in.

Hope some of that helps. I'm dealing with the same thing, Kai did great for the three days I was on nipple rest taking pumped milk in a bottle, but when I left him with my aunt on sunday to go to yoga (FINALLY) he fought it like crazy. Don't get me wrong, chunker finished all 3 ounces...but he was not happy about it!!
post #27 of 39

might have to look into some other nipples. the Nuk ones we have seemed so great bc i thought maybe she can latch onto them like she does the breast. she didn't mind them at first. maybe we should've kept it up so she could get used to them but i didn't see the point in giving her a bottle when i could BF her....guess i see the point now. oops.

post #28 of 39

This is my first child and I had no idea how challenging it would be to get  the hang of BF. My milk took a long time to come in and I had issues of low supply. I ended up taking herbs and domperidone. I tried to nurse often, but nipples were so sore that I had difficulty bringing myself to BF. DS lost a lot of weight and had difficulty regaining it. I ended up supplementing to get her to gain weight - which I wasn't happy about. Recently a LC suggested that my babe have get cranial sacral therapy and that has really improved her latch. My nipples have finally healed and are no longer sore when she nurses. She's gaining weight well and I'm starting to wean her off supplements! I never imagined that BF required this kind of dedication and commitment. I am now so in awe of people who chose to BF, particularly for extended periods.

post #29 of 39

Hugs.

 

It can be really tough.  If you are surrounded by supportive people they seem to not let you in on the difficulties that can arrise.  It's almost like if they "warn" you, you may go straight to formula.  It can take a lot to get through those challenges.  Hang in there!  Sounds like you are doing a great job with the struggles you have been having!  Keep up the great, amazing and hard work, Mama!

post #30 of 39
Thread Starter 

Anyone had to take cow's milk products out of their diet due to baby's sensitivity/intolerance of the proteins from it?

post #31 of 39
Yup. Tuns out he and I are both allergic!
post #32 of 39
Thread Starter 

katringeg - what was going on that indicated the allergy? what kind of difference did it make?

post #33 of 39

We're off dairy now too.

 

My boy was spitting up a ton (though that was reflux, he's on meds now), restless, tummy issues and green poops.  Cut dairy and most of it went away within a few days.  I hate being off dairy but I expected it as I was off that and more with my other two.

post #34 of 39
Thread Starter 

I've noticed green poops here and there, but mostly a dark colored poops ... still yellow, but more like a bronze color than a brown or flat out green. So I'm wondering if it's cow's milk protein in my diet.

post #35 of 39
We supplemented with formula and he had horrible fussiness and projectile vomiting, plus coughing, gagging, wet burps... He is not the type to fuss unless something is wrong--overall he is a stoic baby. So I knew something was up. Cutting out formula helped 80% but I felt like if he was sensitive to formula, he would probably be sensitive to dairy in my diet.

A few days after cutting it out of my diet, he was a noticeably happier baby.

When I cut dairy out of my diet, my reflux and arthritis went away! I came to the conclusion that I was allergic to dairy, too.

My pediatrician (soon to be ex-) thought it was normal baby reflux...yeah right. It's not normal to have a baby vomit so hard it hits the back of the couch, a foot and a half away. As long as he was gaining weight they didn't take it seriously. Well, my baby's happiness and comfort are serious to me.

Can you tell I'm still a bit peeved...redface.gif
post #36 of 39
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Originally Posted by kathrineg View Post
My pediatrician (soon to be ex-) thought it was normal baby reflux...yeah right. It's not normal to have a baby vomit so hard it hits the back of the couch, a foot and a half away. As long as he was gaining weight they didn't take it seriously. Well, my baby's happiness and comfort are serious to me.
Can you tell I'm still a bit peeved...redface.gif


So glad to hear that cutting out dairy helped both of you, that's wonderful! :)

 

I am STILL resentful about the way my ex-pediatrician handled my first baby's dairy intolerance. She just waved off all of the (what I now know are) classic signs of dairy intolerance, saying he was just a tough baby and we were doing a great job, and "big babies spit up a lot." After FIVE MONTHS of barely sleeping he started having blood in his diapers and I made an appt with an allergist, who took all of 20 minutes to deduce that it most likely was a dairy issue. After two weeks of an elimination diet indeed, dairy was the culprit...soy and wheat caused him to have mild eczema as well.

post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by kathrineg View Post I came to the conclusion that I was allergic to dairy, too.


Those are signs of an intolerance. An allergy is more like hives, breathing issues along with GI stuff.  It's an important difference as one can lead to life threatening anaphylaxis.

post #38 of 39
I'm going to go get allergy tested and we'll see for sure. I have a life-threatening allergy already (shellfish) so I'm prepared either way.
post #39 of 39
I went completely dairy free for 2 months and have just started drinking raw cow milk 2 weeks ago. This being my fourth kid, I wasn't surprised when the rumbling gassy tummy and green mucousy poos started. All of my kids have had dome degree of intolerance.
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