My son is 11 months old. We are weaning off the breast because I emotionally cannot do it any longer. We have chosen not to supplement with formula after speaking with his pediatrictian about it. A lot of babies wean at the breast on their own around now, and dont need their "missed" nursing sessions replaced with formula. He was already only nursing 4 times a day when we decided to start weaning. This week it is twice a day. He now gets 4 oz of whole milk a day mixed with 2 oz of breast milk. last week he has 3 nursing sessions and 2 oz of whole milk and an oz of breast milk a day. He does not ask to nurse during the day at all. He doesnt even ask to nurse in the mornings. Before we started to wean his 2 middle nursing sessions lasted max 2 minutes, but usually a minute or less. And when we dropped to 3 a day, that middle feeding never lasted more than a minute. He eats solids 6 times a day, 3 meals, 3 snacks. gets the servings a toddler needs.
Now to my concerns........
The last 3 days he has had one blow out a day. Up the back and out both sides of the diaper. Not really runny, but not solid like it usually is. he also got a bad diaper rash 3 days ago. almost looked blistery the first day, but by yesterday morning it wasnt blistery looking anymore and theres only a couple spots left.
he has slowly stopped eating solids. 3 days ago he didnt eat as much as normal, yesterday by 5 he was done eating solids, and today he has had a half a serving of meat, veggies, and fruits. and that was spread throughout the day. We have tried all different types of food, true solids, baby food, mashed solids, he wont even touch his favorite foods (bananas and cocoa wheats). He hasnt asked to nurse at all these 3 days except at bedtime. He doesnt even ask at his naps (but again is normal. just mentioning this so you know im not denying it to him. it doesnt seem like hes rebelling against the weaning since he isnt asking).
He has drank his bottles of whole milk/breast milk combo and water just normal though. and his morning and night nursing has been normal.
Should I be concerrned? what could be causing the blowouts? he hasnt had any new foods. even before we started weaning he had all kinds of dairy on a daily basis, including 2% milk, we just didnt make it a cerrtain amount then. he just drank whatever he wanted out of our cups (and again, it is whole milk now). Why would he stop eating and not even replace it with asking to nurse? I dont want him losing weight and getting unhealthy.... but maybe theres a baby reason hes doing this? like it is kinda normal?
** so lets get off the "ped is horrible, fire her". not gonna happen. she did nothing wrong. there was tons of talking pros and cons. she gave her knowledge in every aspect. we made the decision. not her.
so, we say its a milk allergy. allergy is usually from the protien at this age, and not even truely an allergy, just body isnt ready for that many protiens. i understand that. and knew it was possible for this to happen, however figured it would have happened awhile ago if it was going to happen. anyways. it doesnt matter what formula i buy, he could have an allergy to it as well. so no matter what it is a guessing game and quite possibly could take a month to find the right formula for him and then he doesnt need it anymore.
i believe he is getting the nutrients he needs. all the fat he needs. all the vitamins and protiens his body needs right now. however i dont want to be giving him something that is hurting him. so lets so i choose to buy formula for the next month (not saying i am, and not saying i wont. something i will discuss with the daddy). how do i choose a milk for him? since protien is usually the cause at this age, can i try whole milk again? or do i try soy or something else? is almond milk safe to try with it being nuts and I am allergic to it? i have found that theres more of a chance they will be allergic to it if a parent is. it is the only high allergy food i have held off on giving him because it scares me so much.**