Originally Posted by bluets
mum2be, the more i think about your dd's issues, the more i think it is a structural problem. indeed, firefaery (a wiser mama than i) also mentioned this last month: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...&postcount=275
i doubt that you'll find reprieve from nutritional changes until you resolve the structural issues. have you looked into the possibility that there might be a structural problem with your dd?
if you haven't done so, i'd start with craniosacral therapy though you might look at the resource firefaery mentioned in the above post as well.
I don't really understand the structural thing, but she did have some clicking when she was younger while nursing. it has since gone away though. We did CST, as well as osteopathic adustment, etc. and both people we saw were at a loss when she just kept getting worse week after week.
|This is VERY interesting. My ds always makes a "clicking" sound when nursing. I also have an oversupply. I wonder if this is causing some of his digestive problems. I have also noticed, that regardless of what I eat, if he gets effected, it is ONLY after his first night feeding. We co-sleep and he usually sleeps a stretch of 4-7 hours when he first goes down. After I feed him that first time, he has a really awful time sleeping comfortably, most nights. He acts as though his stomach is *cramping*, but it *only* happens under those exact circumstances. Never during the day, never when he first goes down. I wonder if my milk supply is at it's highest(due to the long sleep stretch) and he is not latching properly which is then causing digestive issues(aside from his food sensitivies-he did have blood in his stool so I know we are dealing with more than a latch issue). Also, it is the only time I feed him laying down in the side nursing position. He prefers to be rocked to sleep during the day and at bedtime so we never really feed to sleep except for this one time. Hmmm....so much to consider.
Yes! This is exactly my dd, however she has many other signs of food allergies as well. Aside from not sleeping during the day, she only sleeps for one long stretch at night (about 3-4 hours) and after that she is up with some sort of discomfort, then usually up for a good 2-3 hour stretch in the early a.m. It's odd and I have really been trying to think about what the heck is doing it to her (I thought maybe my dinner?). I think I have under supply issues so I don't think she is "gulping" much and getting too much or anything. But I find it interesting that we are both dealing with the same night time problems...
|I just wanted to offer you some sympathy. I don't have much advice, i am new to this as well, but it seems like you are going through an awful time with your baby. This is just my opinion, so take it as you want, but it sounds like a lot of your baby's behavior is directly related to sleep or lack there of. Maybe it's not all food related. I think the fact that she never had blood in her stool is a really good sign. I find myself attributing every single thing my ds does to what i have eaten when the truth is, that's not true. Sleep deprivation can cause many, if not all, of the symptoms you described. Maybe it's a combo of both and the food issue isn't as big as you are thinking.
I think a lot of what we are dealing with during the day is from lack of sleep...A LOT of it. But there is a reason why she can't sleep well at night and why she wakes up after 20 minutes during the day no matter how tired she was to begin with. I have tried soooooo many different "ways" to help her sleep, or get her to sleep, etc. and nothing has worked so far.
I think she never had any blood in her stool because I have never eaten any of the top 8 allergens while nursing her, and since month 6 of my pregnancy. Actually, the only time I had soy (about 1 teaspoon) she got a huge, weeping welt on her bum. BUt I'm sure if I did consume some things like dairy or wheat, she would react big time. I just haven't had the guts to try it.
Just to clarify, I am not in favor of stopping breastfeeding, but I feel like I need to do everything I can do get her healty and happy. What if
a hypoallergenic formula or a donor's milk would help her...you know? It's just another option that goes into our bag to think about. When you've tried so many things and nothing is helping, sometimes doing something you don't want to do comes next. I would never just "quit" nursing or give up. I would be pumping my a$$ off the week we trialed something else, so we could go back to nursing if needed. I love nursing her. I don't want
to give it up, but I just have to keep that option open incase it would be beneficial to her. I can't see how consuming toxins from my own BM is good for her...you know?
I feel like it is my responsibility as a mother to make sure my daughter is as healthy as she can be and to do what is best for her, and doing whatever is needed to keep her that way.
THanks for everything