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I am due to have my next babe in August and am a bit stressed about BFing. I had an easy time with the mechanics, if you will, of feeding my DS, no latching issues or anything, supply was super. But he just didn't seem happy with it. I did give him formula once in a while, starting at about 8 weeks, because DH and I have an active lifestyle and at the time had no BFing friends and just wasn't comfortable with feeding him around everyone/in public places. (I know that's not a popular way to be around here, but it's the facts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I know all the truths about BFing, but it just doesn't work for me to be the super-advocate).<br>
Anyway, he was much much happier on formula, digestively speaking. He had such bad gas, and such a hard time pooping (even though it was BF poop) from my milk that I didn't want to do it anymore. Then I got pg when he was 5 mos and weaned him. He did fabulously on his lactose free formula, fattened up some and slept beautifully.<br>
Now can someone explain this to me? He gained well on my milk, but was just plain miserable.<br>
I tried to avoid foods that I thought bothered him.<br>
Could dairy be the culprit here? Is it ok to totally cut out dairy when bfing? (So hard. I love milk. Love it.)<br>
I just don't want to go thru this with the next one!<br>
Help!
 

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If it seemed like he did better on lactose free formula, cutting out dairy would be the obvious thing to try. Now, there's no guarantee that this baby will have the same food sensitivities as your first ds, but if that happens this time, you know what to do.<br><br>
It is totally ok to cut out dairy products when you're breastfeeding! Plenty of lactose intolerant and vegan mamas breastfeed their babies.<br><br>
Also, with the breastfeeding in public thing, you may want to invest in a sling with a tail (like the Maya Wrap) that you can use to cover your baby when you're nursing if that makes you more comfortable. I know that Maya Wrap advertises that as one of the possible uses. You can wear the baby in the sling and cover them with the extra fabric at the same time.
 

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Christina: I don't know if this would be any help to you, but I'll share my experience with you. I ebf dd (now 3) until 3 was 3 months old. I had to wean her due to galactosemia, it's a very rare condition or "lactose intolerance". I did not find my bf'ing experience very pleasant with her, because she would kick/scream every time I tried to feed her, plus she had severe diahrrea, colic, gas, vomiting, everything.<br>
I thought this was "breastfeeding" and honestly, did not look fwd to doing it again. I had my ds 3 months ago and I swear I absolutely LOVE breastfeeding. It's completely different now, I was determined though, to do it because I did feel guilty with dd although I know it wasn't my fault she had to be weaned.<br>
The point is, look forward and dont look back. Hopefully this experience will be very different this time.<br>
I too, have always had a very active lifestyle, I'm very young and honestly, I have included bf'ing into my active lifestyle. It will fit in your life if you want it to!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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There is really no need to avoid any foods like beans, broccoli, cauliflower, etc(gassy foods)..fiber causes gas, and fiber does not pass through breastmilk..although dairy products, especially milk, could have been the culprit..some babies do get fussy and upset stomachs..the protein in Cow's milk is pretty hard to digest on a newborn..and the protein does pass on to mom's milk..even though a big percentage of newborn are naturally gassy..it's painless..but if you did drink milk and it caused sensitivity to your baby..you may have wanted to cut down on dairy and not cut it out completely..so that you're baby can get used to a little bit of the dairy products when introduced later..<br>
I personally can't drink milk..I must have turned lactose intolerant a couple of years ago..I used to do just fine before..don't know what happened!..but occassionaly drink Lactaid Skim Milk..(cuz I just can't give it up) which still is hard on me..but don't want to cut it out completely! Ever time I drink milk..I regret it..Every Single Time! But just Gotta have it! Gotta Love it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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