Originally Posted by JaneS
These are difficult to answer with any suriety. They are good questions though!
Did you read the post "Infants and Gut Flora" in Cheat Sheet? Babes get their flora from their mamas. Also what they eat, whether they take antibx (or mama does), and vaccines. The quality of mama's milk makes a big difference and that would depend a great deal on her digestion and nutrition.
I've heard many stories that stool tests are not necessarily the best for dx yeast. Did you have pathogenic bacteria tested?
DD's Mucus: very hard to say. Could be yeast. Could be food reaction. How much? How often? Firefaery might know more on this.
How old is she? When starting on foods rotate them carefully every 3-4 days taking notes. Carrots with high beta carotene can overwhelm immature livers, not really good to overdose on the beta c. foods. I'm not so sure that WAPF is wrong about fats and protein foods being better as first foods (see Feeding Babies www.westonaprice.org
The consequences...? Well, my DS who is allergic to 25 foods?? Eczema. Asthma, which has been shown to be just the next step on in the "Allergy March". Hard to say what will happen with each individual. Just go really slow. At least you know what to watch for now...a lot more than I did!
Yes, I had pathogenic bacteria tested. It came up negative. Does this mean I probably don't have Candida? (I hope so!)
I did read the infant and gut flora cheat sheet. I guess I'm wondering because everyone is saying that a baby's gut is made up of bifidobacterium, right? Well, I have normal levels of that, but the lactobacillus I don't have any. So if their guts aren't made up of lactobacillus (I know they need some of it though) then is dd okay gut flora wise? I have been supplementing her with Pharmax Neonate for months 2-4, and Pharmax high potency powder months 4-6. Now I just got the Nature's Way kids primadophilos which has more CFUs than the Neonate one.
The poop has been mucusy since birth pretty much. Well, probably more like week 6 it started. Then she went 2-3 months of very runny, watery blowouts once a day. Then in January when I started adding more and more things into my diet, the mucus started again. I'm guessing they are related though.
She's never had antibiotics, nor have I since pregnancy or birth. She is not vaxed either. The only other supplements she has taken are homeopathic or an herbal supplement for gas from the ND.
She REALLY wants food and it breaks my heart to deny it. I've never seen a baby want it this badly. I picked up some jarred organic squash at the store after reading your thoughts on carrots. I was never going to give my child mushy food, and thought it best to do finger foods, but she just wants it so badly and has no teeth yet. I don't want her choking on a piece of avocado or anything...
I'm worried about her reacting and problems starting, but I guess I wonder if she just reacts to the foods MY body sees as allergens that I eat. They don't get broken down and get into my milk and she has issues with that. How do I know if she has bad gut flora (I know it's not ideal, but who knows how
bad it is) or if she is just reacting to the way the food proteins are getting into my milk? KWIM? Have I screwed up her digestive system by nursing her with my leaky gut?
She is healthy, no skin issues, is growing well, etc. Other than the mucus and mucusy spit-ups, she's perfectly fine.
It's such a hard decision and I know everyone is pretty much telling me to hold off, but it's hard when your babe is miserable because you won't give them anything...
Oh, and I thought her poor sleeping was due to discomfort and food reactions...well, she went from sleeping 45 minute intervals, nursing all night long, and being awake from 2-5 a.m. to sleeping in her own crib, waking twice a night, and having no gas or discomfort. Much of it was sleep related because she was so sleep deprived. We saw a new ped. for a consult (AP friendly) and she had us try this new sleep plan, and it's worked out pretty well.
So now I don't know what's what anymore...