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I'm a bit confused. I am posting in this forum as well as the Breastfeeding - Getting Started Forum in the hope that someone has some good advice. As I wrote on the Breastfeeding forum about 1.5 weeks ago, my 4 1/2 month old son has been having blood in his stool. Originally, it was a bunch of threads of blood, but it started to get worse. One of his bowel movements looked like more blood and mucuous than stool. A couple of weeks ago, my doctor advised me to take him off breastmilk for 24 hours. He wanted me to put the baby on pedialyte for 12 hours and then formula for 12 hours to see if it gave the baby any relief. Well, I was worried aobut that so I posted here and I was referred to the Elimination Diet. I have been on the diet 8 days now. After about 4 days, it seemed like the baby might have been having some improvement but then suddenly on Day 6 it got much worse. I tried to get a specialist appointment (pediatric g.i.) but have been advised that in Philly I can't get in before a month from now. AT the place I really wanted to go, the first appointment is in December! IN the meantime, the doctor wants me to take the baby off breast milk for 3 days and put on alimentum. I see the logic of checking to see if somehow the problem is related to my breastmilk. However, I'm so afraid that my milk supply will dwindle and I won't be able to go back to breast feeding.<br><br>
My baby is gaining weight very well (he's in the 95th percentile) and is chubbier than most babies I see. Some might even call him fat! I actually have theorized that maybe the problem is somehow related to his marathon eating sessions. The night before Day 6, when conditions got bad, Jackson woke 4 times in the middle of the night. I fed him every time he woke because nothing else was working for him. One of the times when I put him on the breast, I woke up and he was still nursing ONE HOUR LATER!. It seems odd that after this night of overfeeding that the conditions erupted again. Anyone ever heard of overfeeding causing a problem like this?<br><br>
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.<br><br>
Dani<br><br>
Also, I did contact a LLL leader in my area and she was going to try to find someone with first-hand experience in this area. I haven't heard back from her.
 

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I have no experience with this but my instincts tells me that maybe he is nursing so much because he is trying to comfort a gut that may already be uncomfortable. I personally would not stop bf unless I was damn sure it was the last resort. I'd continue on the elimination diet- what are you eating currently? I would stick with brown rice, chicken and green veggies and nothing else (that includes condiments) for awhile. I know it's difficult and boring but it's a good cause. Good luck. I hope you can get in to see a doc soon.<br><br>
If you do decide to halt bf...get a good pump and pump REGULARLY just as if he was feeding. Also, continue to drink plenty of water and Mother's Milk Tea (Health Food Store/Section).
 

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Just a thought: Is the thread of blood bright red or dark? If it is bright red, I would have him checked for a fissure in his anus, if it is dark, then it may be something deeper.
 

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I agree with TieDyeMom. When dd was that very age she started having bloody stools. The blood was kind of bright red. I took her to the dr. and sure enough she had an anal fissure. No big deal. It healed in a few days. I had been noticing blood off and on for two weeks before I took her to the dr. though. I didn't take her sooner because she wasn't acting like she felt bad or anything. I would have them check for a fissure if they haven't already. Good luck!
 

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Hi--<br><br>
I wanted to let you know that i went through a similar experience with dd starting at about 2.5 - 3 months. It ended up that she was allergic to milk and soy.<br><br>
It may not be the same with your baby, but if it is, allimentum may not work either. It has trace amounts of soy and milk proteins and isn't completely hypo allergenic.<br><br>
Also, it can take up to a month for the milk proteins to get out of yours and baby's system, meaning that baby can have symptoms for up to a month after elimination. It took a long while for us to figure things out. But I really belive breast milk is the best for your baby, especially with these problems. It will just take some hard work and discipline on your part (like it did mine) to quit eating all forms of milk etc...<br><br>
Like I said , I don't know if your baby is having the same problem, but that is my expericence.<br><br>
Hope it helps.<br><br>
--Jennifer
 

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Danikatz posted on the bfing boards. This has been going on for a while. It is not an anal fissure. I am wondering if anyone who has done an elimination diet noticed symptoms of food sensitivities, (in this case, bloody stools) getting a bit worse before they got better. Could the allergens be flushing out of the system and causing an aggravation of symptoms?<br><br>
I know this can happen when using homeopathy.
 

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I'm sorry to hear of your son's problem.<br><br>
Has he been vaccinated?<br><br>
Regardless, you need to get some probiotics into him (and yourself) to aid in the intestinal healing process and strengthen his GI tract.<br><br>
Have either of you had antibiotics recently? If so, this has knocked the beneficial bacteria out. From my own experience even just eating a fair amount of meats with hormones and anti-biotics is enough to cause problems.<br><br>
Get this:<br><br><a href="http://jarrow.com/products/BabYsJarroDophilus.htm" target="_blank">http://jarrow.com/products/BabYsJarroDophilus.htm</a><br><br>
perhaps your local Whole Foods carries it. I make a yogurt using Jarrodophilus. The baby formula has the perfect balance of organisms for their underdeveloped GI tract.<br><br>
I don't think its your breastmilk, but try to eat as much organic as possible.<br><br><br>
Here's a couple of links (I have many more if your interested) on the healing power of probiotics:<br><br><a href="http://www.univ-lille1.fr/lea/Menu_du_Site/Publications/CPD2/Mercenier_CPD.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.univ-lille1.fr/lea/Menu_d...cenier_CPD.pdf</a><br><br><br><a href="http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/73/2/444S" target="_blank">http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/73/2/444S</a><br><br><br>
Remember your breastmilk is the elixir of life, anything else is less than. Beware of the milk protein CASEIN in all other products with a child exhibiting intestinal intolerance.<br><br><br>
Ray<br><br>
P.S. the best way to get the probiotic powder into your little one is to dip your finger into the powder and push it gently between your breast and the suckling baby. That's how we did it here, cause I can't think of a better medium than fresh milk to culture those little microorganisms.<br><br>
Also, we did a dumb thing here with my son, when we were taking his temp rectally when he was first born. We did it too often (nervous newbie parents) and sometimes forgot to lubricate the thermometer end. The result was bloody stool.<br>
It healed quickly when our ped asked us some questions and we realized what idiots we were.
 
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