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Can you tell me what symptoms

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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Your baby displayed when he/she was dairy intolerant?

We are having colic-like episodes all day/evening and into the night. Whenever he's awake he's fussy and screaming as if he's in pain.

I seem to have overactive letdown and oversupply so I've been block feeding--3 feedings per boob and we've had no issues with that (he did have green stool) since.

His pedi is pretty quick to just write it off as colic but she did say to eliminate dairy for a week (very hard) and see if there is any improvement. I won't lie, I'm having a hard time eliminating the dairy. Especially because I don't feel it's the problem. His stools are normal, seedy yellow--not diarrhea. He's not vomiting, he doesn't have a runny/stuffy nose, no exscema. All symptoms of a dairy allergy that I've read.

He IS displaying symptoms of reflux like my first son did, but he's not spitting up. *I* suspect silent reflux is the problem, really.

Please tell me what symptoms your dairy intolerant infant was displaying before you found the cause to be dairy?
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MommyIsMyName90
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM
I will add that he DOES have some gassiness. But mostly he seems to have screaming fits after eating. He does not draw his legs up to his belly he stiffens them straight out and trys to throw himself backward and arch his back. He wants to sleep on his belly. He comfort nurses and gets mad when my milk lets down.
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maggiemom2000
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

How old is baby?

How many wet/poopy dipes in 24 hours?

Weight gain history?

From what I'm hearing, I don't think it is dairy.

Does this sould like your situation?

http://www.llli.org/faq/oversupply.html

When a mother has more milk than her baby can handle, the following behaviors may be common:

  • Baby cries a lot, and is often very irritable and/or restless
  • Baby may sometimes gulp, choke, sputter, or cough during feedings at breast
  • Baby may seem to bite or clamp down on the nipple while feeding
  • Milk sprays when baby comes off, especially at the beginning of a feeding
  • Mother may have sore nipples
  • Baby may arch and hold himself very stiffly, sometimes screaming
  • Feedings often seem like battles, with baby nursing fitfully on and off
  • Feedings may be short, lasting only 5 or 10 minutes total
  • Baby may seem to have a "love-hate" relationship with the breast
  • Baby may burp or pass gas frequently between feedings, tending to spit up a lot
  • Baby may have green, watery or foamy, explosive stools
  • Mother's breasts feel very full most of the time
  • Mother may have frequent plugged ducts, which can sometimes lead to mastitis (breast infection)

If many of these experiences seem familiar to you, it may be because you have an overabundant supply of milk, which can cause a forceful milk ejection (sometimes referred to as overactive let-down), and/or foremilk-hindmilk imbalance.[1][2] The infant behaviors described above are caused by these issues but may frequently be misdiagnosed as colic, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, reflux, or hypertonicity (stiff muscle tone).


MommyIsMyName90
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM
Ive read this, and yes he DOES display a lot of the symptoms on this list. BUT, since block feeding his green stools went away and my letdown doesn't feel AS forceful nor do my boobs feel as full (no engorgement). So all of that seems to be getting better but he seems to be getting worse.

I'm sorry I guess his age would help lol. He is almost 3 weeks.

8+ wets and 4-6 stools in 24 hours.

8lbs 3oz at birth, 7.14 at discharge, 9.4 at 2 weeks.


Quoting maggiemom2000:

How old is baby?

How many wet/poopy dipes in 24 hours?

Weight gain history?

From what I'm hearing, I don't think it is dairy.

Does this sould like your situation?

http://www.llli.org/faq/oversupply.html

When a mother has more milk than her baby can handle, the following behaviors may be common:

  • Baby cries a lot, and is often very irritable and/or restless
  • Baby may sometimes gulp, choke, sputter, or cough during feedings at breast
  • Baby may seem to bite or clamp down on the nipple while feeding
  • Milk sprays when baby comes off, especially at the beginning of a feeding
  • Mother may have sore nipples
  • Baby may arch and hold himself very stiffly, sometimes screaming
  • Feedings often seem like battles, with baby nursing fitfully on and off
  • Feedings may be short, lasting only 5 or 10 minutes total
  • Baby may seem to have a "love-hate" relationship with the breast
  • Baby may burp or pass gas frequently between feedings, tending to spit up a lot
  • Baby may have green, watery or foamy, explosive stools
  • Mother's breasts feel very full most of the time
  • Mother may have frequent plugged ducts, which can sometimes lead to mastitis (breast infection)

If many of these experiences seem familiar to you, it may be because you have an overabundant supply of milk, which can cause a forceful milk ejection (sometimes referred to as overactive let-down), and/or foremilk-hindmilk imbalance.[1][2] The infant behaviors described above are caused by these issues but may frequently be misdiagnosed as colic, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, reflux, or hypertonicity (stiff muscle tone).


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mama02040608
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM
You may have to increase your blocks even more. A 2lb gain in 2 weeks tells me you have CRAZY milk and need to ratchet it down even further. Although you may feel things are better from your perspective, things may not be from his. Babies also learn to cope oftentimes, even though they're still getting hosed down by milk.

Quoting MommyIsMyName90:

Ive read this, and yes he DOES display a lot of the symptoms on this list. BUT, since block feeding his green stools went away and my letdown doesn't feel AS forceful nor do my boobs feel as full (no engorgement). So all of that seems to be getting better but he seems to be getting worse.



I'm sorry I guess his age would help lol. He is almost 3 weeks.



8+ wets and 4-6 stools in 24 hours.



8lbs 3oz at birth, 7.14 at discharge, 9.4 at 2 weeks.




Quoting maggiemom2000:

How old is baby?

How many wet/poopy dipes in 24 hours?

Weight gain history?

From what I'm hearing, I don't think it is dairy.

Does this sould like your situation?

http://www.llli.org/faq/oversupply.html

When a mother has more milk than her baby can handle, the following behaviors may be common:

  • Baby cries a lot, and is often very irritable and/or restless
  • Baby may sometimes gulp, choke, sputter, or cough during feedings at breast
  • Baby may seem to bite or clamp down on the nipple while feeding
  • Milk sprays when baby comes off, especially at the beginning of a feeding
  • Mother may have sore nipples
  • Baby may arch and hold himself very stiffly, sometimes screaming
  • Feedings often seem like battles, with baby nursing fitfully on and off
  • Feedings may be short, lasting only 5 or 10 minutes total
  • Baby may seem to have a "love-hate" relationship with the breast
  • Baby may burp or pass gas frequently between feedings, tending to spit up a lot
  • Baby may have green, watery or foamy, explosive stools
  • Mother's breasts feel very full most of the time
  • Mother may have frequent plugged ducts, which can sometimes lead to mastitis (breast infection)

If many of these experiences seem familiar to you, it may be because you have an overabundant supply of milk, which can cause a forceful milk ejection (sometimes referred to as overactive let-down), and/or foremilk-hindmilk imbalance.[1][2] The infant behaviors described above are caused by these issues but may frequently be misdiagnosed as colic, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, reflux, or hypertonicity (stiff muscle tone).


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maggiemom2000
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM
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I have a feeling that your supply still needs to come down a bit. That, and 3 weeks is a classic time for a sweet quiet baby to suddenly become a fussy baby. Check out this info from kellymom.com:

My baby is fussy! Is something wrong?

JULY 26, 2011. Posted in: PARENTING FAQ

What is normal baby fussiness?

Whether breastfed or formula fed, during their first few months, many babies have a regular fussy period, which usually occurs in the late afternoon or evening. Some babies’ fussy periods come so regularly that parents can set their clocks by it! The standard infant fussiness usually starts at about 2 to 3 weeks, peaks at 6 weeks and is gone by 3 to 4 months. It lasts on “average” 2 to 4 hours per day. Of course, there is a wide variety of normal.

To distinguish between “normal” and a problem, normal usually occurs around the same time of day, with approximately the same intensity (with some variation); responds to some of the same things each time, such as motion, holding, frequent breastfeeding, etc.; and occurs in a baby who has other times of the day that he is contentedly awake or asleep. Normal fussiness tends to occur during the time of the day that the baby usually stays awake more, the most common time is in the evening right before the time that the baby takes his longest stretch of sleep.

What causes babies to be fussy?

If you feel that your baby’s fussiness is not normal, it’s never a bad idea to get baby checked by the doctor to rule out any illness. A common cause of fussy, colic-like symptoms in babies isforemilk-hindmilk imbalance (also called oversupply syndrome, too much milk, etc.) and/orforceful let-down. Other causes of fussiness in babies include diaper rashthrushfood sensitivitiesnipple confusionlow milk supply, etc.

Babies normally fuss for many reasons: overtiredness, overstimulation, loneliness, discomfort, etc. Babies are often very fussy when they are going through growth spurts. Do know that it isnormal for you to be “beside yourself” when your baby cries: you actually have a hormonal response that makes you feel uncomfortable when your baby cries.

Comfort measures for fussy babies (many fit into several different categories)

Basic needs
  • Nurse
  • Burp baby
  • Change his diaper
  • Undress baby completely to make sure no clothing is “sticking” him
Comforting Touch
  • Hold baby
  • Carry baby in a sling
  • Give baby a back rub
  • Carry baby in the “colic hold” (lying across your forearm, tummy down, with your hand supporting his chest)
  • Lay baby across your lap & gently rub his back while slowly lifting & lowering your heels
  • Lay baby tummy-down on the bed or floor and gently pat his back
  • Massage your baby
Reduce stimulation
  • Swaddle baby
  • Dim lights and reduce noise
Comforting Sounds
  • Play some music (try different styles and types of voices to see which baby prefers)
  • Sing to baby
  • Turn on some “white noise” (fan, vacuum cleaner, dishwasher)
Rhythmic motion / change of pace
  • Nurse baby in motion (while walking around or rocking)
  • Give baby a bath
  • Rock baby
  • Hold baby and gently bounce, sway back and forth or dance
  • Put baby in a sling or baby carrier and walk around inside or outside
  • Put baby in a baby swing (if he’s old enough)
  • Take baby outside to look at the trees
  • Take baby for a walk in the stroller
  • Go for a car ride
  • Set baby in a baby carrier (or car seat) on the dryer with the dryer turned on (stand by him, as the vibration can bounce the seat right off the dryer onto the floor)

One of the most interesting things I’ve seen in the research regarding infant fussiness is that almost anything a parent tries to reduce fussiness will work, but only for a short time (a few days), and then other strategies need to be used.

If you nurse and it doesn’t seem to help, then try other comfort measures. If you pick him up or nurse him, and baby is content, then that was what he needed. If it works, use it!

I’m worried about spoiling my baby

Your baby will not be spoiled if you hold him and nurse him often – quite the opposite, in fact. Studies have shown that when babies are held often and responded to quickly, the babies cryless, and the parents learn to read baby’s cues more quickly. A young child’s need for his mother is very intense – as intense as his need for food. Know that your child really needs you. It is not about manipulation or something you can “fix” with the right discipline. Often a baby who is perceived as fussy is simply a baby who needs more contact with mom (and is smart enough to express this need) and is content once his needs are met. See the links below to read more aboutspoiling.

Conclusion

Caring for a fussy baby can be very stressful! Give both yourself and baby some extra TLC. Surround yourself with supportive people, de-stress in other areas if possible (for example, minimize housework), and tell yourself you are doing a great job. It is very difficult to feel good about yourself as a parent when you have a fussy baby. Don’t be too alarmed if your efforts seem to have no positive effect – they are. When you stay with your baby to try to provide comfort you are beginning to teach your baby that he can count on you and that he is loved.


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