It seems that we have had a lot of symptoms of a milk protein allergy. He has been super gassy, and acting like his tummy hurts. His stools have been green. Has done some gagging/coughing....really a lot of the same symptoms as reflux. Only thing is though, is that I had been lactose intolerant (I couldn't handle dairy until I was about 15 years old). So, at our appointment yesterday, she thought I should try cutting out dairy. AFTER the appointment, is when I saw his first ever mucusy stool, with blood in it. I did some quick reading last night, and saw that this symptom itself, most likey comes from either a milk allergy, or from a fore mink/hind milk imbalance...that can happen with an over-supply, and had a few questions for you ladies who might have experienced either of these things.
First, if you had a baby with blood/mucus in their stools because of these issues, what did it look like? When I look up online what it looks like, every website I have come across says something along the lines of..."If you see blood in the stool that is like dark raspberry jelly or is streaked with red mucus, call your doctor immediately." I did call our doctor tonight, but I don't know if I really described it well...and she agreed it might just be a milk protein allergy, and to keep an eye on it.
Second, I exclusively pump. I can get about 8 ounces, every three hours. That kind of sounds like an oversupply, compared to what he is eating...and sometimes when I have to go a little longer than that because I am out of the house longer, I know there is a lot of foremilk. I have also heard with pumping, that it could sometimes be a problem getting the hindmilk out as well as a baby could. Or, should this even be an issue, because it all mixes in the bottle anyways?
And third, just because I wonder...is lactose present in breast milk? or is it just something present in cow's milk? (and then, would only be present in breast milk if the mother was to eat dairy?). Since I was lactose intolerant for so long, I am hoping my son is not as well. When I read about the specific issue the foremilk/hindmilk imbalance has, it was with the breaking down of the lactose in their system. Will cutting out dairy from my diet, essentially solve BOTH those issues (no lactose if it was the imbalance, so he will feel better.....no milk protein if it was me eating dairy itself...so he feels better)
Thank you very much ladies:)