Update to my milk imbalance

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Registered: 01-12-2008
Update to my milk imbalance
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Thu, 04-09-2009 - 10:46am

Hi All,

I posted a week or so back about possibilities of having milk imbalance this late in the game. DS will be 18 months in age in another 4 days and had a bout of diarrhea for about 2 weeks, He is back to normal now except for one watery, frothy green poop in the morning (no blood). He still nurses a LOT of times in the night. And when we had the diarrhea issues, I was home with him and he was exclusively on BM for almost 2 weeks, so yes my supply increased tremendously.

When I stopped nursing for a couple of nights and gave him EBM in a bottle instead, he is fine the next day morning. But if he nurses instead he gets the watery green poop.

We ran all bacteria, viral, parasite tests and everything is negative, his x-rays of bowel seems normal. And yes he is back to normal except for this one early morning poop (the rest of the day is fine and normal).

I did go back to block feeding and it is still not improving. and I am still pumping 2x a day and get about 15 oz on avg (and even if he doesn't nurse in the night, then I still stick with 2x pumping). And right after the diarrhea episode I was getting about 20+ oz a day with 2 pumps, and that has come back to where it was before the diarrhea.

Do you think this is related to milk imbalance ? Any advices ?


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Registered: 07-25-2006
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 12:13pm

If you saw an improvement with bm in a bottle, that definitely points to it being a forceful letdown issue. With the bottle, the flow is more controlled, so we don't see the same problems.


Pumping 15 ounces in 2 sessions is an incredible amount of milk. Remember, most women get between .5-2 ounces total for BOTH breasts combined. You're getting more than 7, if my math is correct.


Make sure you're using 'uphill' nursing positions, and I would probably be at a 4 hour block schedule, if not longer than that. Does that make sense/sound possible?



 

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Registered: 01-12-2008
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 12:33pm

Uh-Oh Theresa! We were doing side lying position and you are asking me to get up sit and then nurse in the uphill position in the night :( :( :( .... but I will try that if that will help.

And we are already doing a 6 hr block for the night, I will probably increase that. And he nurses only during the night times and none during the day. So I am just substituting pumping for the day time and not pumping in addition to BF.

But tell me one thing here, Should I be worried about the milk imbalance at all ? At this point in time (with Anish being 18 monhts old), I am not worried about his weight gain since he is in 50% of weight and eats table foods and cheese, yogurt etc like a champ. Other than fat what exactly is missing from the foremilk ? Does the foremilk bother his bowels/digestive system ?


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Registered: 01-12-2008
Thu, 04-09-2009 - 7:05pm

Gentle Bump!

Theresa, can you please let me know if the foremilk is bad for my DS's tummy ?


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 04-10-2009 - 11:24pm

Actually you can nurse laying down - there shouldn't be a problem with that.


Also, with you nursing on one side (mostly) at night, that should be fine.


Foremilk is not "bad" for a baby - the only difference between "foremilk" and "hindmilk" is that the "foremilk" simply has less fat - that's it.


During day, since he's not nursing at all, instead of pumping for say 20 min, try just pumping say 3 oz total and stop. Pump just what you "need" vs pumping a set number of minutes.