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I'm a bit confused. I'm writing in the Health forum as well, hoping that someone will have some experience with the current issues I'm facing. As I wrote about 1.5 weeks ago on this board, 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. My doctor is looking in surrounding areas. 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. 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.<br><br>
Also, does anyone know if pumping during the 3 days that my doctor wants to put the baby on formula will keep up my milk supply?
 

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Dani, unfortunately I can't help with your situation at all. I just wanted to say that pumping will keep up your supply if you have to do that. Please let us know how he is doing.
 

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Have you talked to a lactation consultant about this? That's what I would try. And have you tried calling different pediatric g.i.'s? There's got to be one who can get you in sooner.
 

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I don't have any experience in the health side of this. But I can tell you that you can keep your supply up by pumping for three days without a problem. You'll need to be really dedicated to pumping though -- pump each time you would normally feed your baby. If you don't generally pump now, it may seem like you are getting little milk at first, but its still important to pump on schedule -- even if it does seem "worth it". Also, it may really be worth renting a hospital grade pump while you do this. Your ped. or local LLL should be able to tell you where to do this in your city.
 
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