Doctor says no more than every 2 hours? (update)
So he's really seemed in pain with his cries and we've tried simethicone, lots and lots of holding him upright for possible reflux and just that he seems to prefer to be upright. I've also started eliminating dairy and block feeding for possible oversupply/too much formilk. He turns 7 weeks tomorrow and he's gone from a birth weight of 7 lbs to 11 lbs 10 oz. That does seem like a lot to me and he does seem like he's grown a ton (not just with fat rolls though but way too long for his old clothes)
I really hate the idea of not letting him nurse whenever wherever, but she said its giving him the stomach pains. I've been watching for it and he finally had green poo yesterday and a tiny amount of blood (and this is after I started eliminating dairy, but I know that can take awhile.)
She gave him acid reflux medicine and I just hope that that helps. I can see how that would make him want to drink milk all the time if that's what's going on. Thoughts?
update oct 31
Well when I went to the lactation consultant she said just to feed on one side per session and that his fussy behaviours at the breast really weren't a sign of a problem. (She didn't see him full on screaming but she did see him whining and tugging and crying some). I don't know. She also said not to worry about the diet restrictions that doctors always say that but I didn't want to risk it. I want to see him doing a lot better for a long enough stretch so that I can test having dairy or soy and see if it makes a difference. She also said he was getting plenty of fatty hindmilk or he wouldn't be gaining so much.
Again I'm not sure. I think my possible oversupply may be getting better. The past couple of days he's been crying less and he even went back to better smelling yellow poo today. But I don't know if that's because of my diet changes too! Or that I started trying the Gerber Soothe probiotic drops.
The doctor gave me a stronger reflux medication and referred us to a gastroenterologist which is supposed to have a dietician for me too. I know a lot of people said not to take reflux meds but it really seems like he has it.
Today he's been miserable but he also had his vaccines. But ugg I'm actually feeling a little guilty and doubting myself off and on if I should have taken the sample the doctor offered of some kind of soy/dairy free formula. Because as hard as I'm trying sometimes it sneaks into things I would never imagine (I just found out its pretty much impossible to get canned tuna without soy.) When he's miserable I wonder if I'm just letting him suffer out of my own stubborness. But seriously in order to try it wouldn't I have to go for a long stretch and probably lose my milk in the process? And if reflux is the main culprit, not allergies, then breastmilk is supposed to be much better for that right? And it feels like it's often the only thing that comforts him so I really don't want to lose it.