Bad breast milk??

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Bad breast milk??
4
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 9:45am
I have a 7 week old DS and he has had terrible trouble with what seems to be gas. He does pass gas and he does burp/spit up. I have seen the ped about this for two weeks now and have been referred to a pediatric gastroenterologist. I tried to give up dairy for about 5 days...no change. I gave up chocolate for 2.5 days....no change. I have used gas drops....no change. We have even put him on Zantac thinking he could have reflux...no real change. He grunts and pushes about 90% of his waking hours. He cries about it only sometimes...mostly just pushes, grunts, extends his legs, balls up....is overall unhappy and uncomfortable. He is gaining weight, growing and pooping...all of which seem to make it less serious for the doctors. They are not the mother of htis poor little guy that can't make him comfortable! I am wondering if he could have an anllergy to something I am eating. Maybe it isn't as simple as a certain food but maybe something in my milk?? I am trying to be proactive here since the specialist is booked out for another couple months! How does one find out WHAT a baby is allergic to? Who else would be of help to me?? Maybe a LC??

Help me help my poor little guy!

Chantel

Avatar for kimmieindallas
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cstried
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 9:52am
Well, first of all, 5 days off of "obvious" dairy isn't going to show much result. It takes 2-3 weeks and you should watch for hidden dairy too. With my dd it took a good solid 2 weeks to get her a bit better. She also had a severe diaper rash, puffy eyes, and eczema on her face and neck. I didn't notice that until it went away - mostly because I was so tired.

I've been dairy free now for, I think, 4 weeks. Also egg, peanut and trying soy (and also now beef because it is bovine). I accidentally had some peanuts on Saturday and she was fussy to the point of inconsolable for a while. I totally blame the peanuts. She is now back to normal but it too a good solid 4 days for the symptoms to go away and I had about 10 peanuts!

The only other thing I can add is that if you aren't holding your baby practically all day then you should try that. Get a sling and carry him around everywhere (you can even wear him when you potty). You'll be tired for a day or two but then you'll get used to it. It almost always helps a case where baby is fussy for reasons other than sheer illness.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: cstried
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:18am
Along with kimmieindallas' info, am going to ask a few questions:

How is milk supply? Do you have a lot of milk? What is your current nursing pattern like? One breast or both? If both, how long per breast?

The answers may help us to figure out if something else may be contributing to the problem too.

Avatar for cjrowe_01_photo
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: cstried
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:19am
Sometimes gassiness can be caused by vegetables such as broccoli. You may want to keep a diary of what you eat and watch when he gets fussy. If it is food related something will catch your eye. I'm sorry the specialist can't see you for a couple of months. Chances are good if this is related to your diet you will have it settled by then. Mine was pretty gassy at that age and I avoided my favorite gassy veggies and she got better. Now thank heavens I can have them in small amounts again because she can move around herself and keep everything moving.

You are probably already doing this, but if your not try moving his little legs in a bicycle motion for him. I also found baby massage helped with this. I hope he feels better soon.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: cstried
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:04am
It's my understanding that it takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks for dairy to clear from your system. Can you detail what dairy you've eliminated from your diet?