Sunday, September 18, 2005

Theory # 316

I obviously can't just take someones word for it despite their medical education. I am STILL not satisfied with J's diagnosis, or lack there of, of a protein-intolerance. I am sure that is a contributing factor since some of that stuff just isn't made for human consumption regardless of how good it tastes.

So I did more digging.

I was encouraged by yet another diaper yesterday with traces of blood. Come on, GIVE ME A BREAK! After all I've been eating, or not eating, at least show SOME signs of improvement. That is why I am now on to my new theory and this one seems to fit. It satisfies my gut feeling that it can not ONLY be a protein-thingy but also a breast milk oversupply. I was reading these possible symptoms of oversupply and they fit us. I have also read that in the case of oversupply the babies may also have consistently green, watery stools and gain more than the typical 1/2-1 ounce a day during the first 4 months. As we all know he's gained more than the average. And since this shit (no pun intended) began, his poop has been consistently green and explosive. It's very watery and it's constantly leaking out of his diapers. By golly, I think I'm on to something. That could also explain why he's been extra hard on the tips of my nipples for so long.

I was concerned that my supply would deminish once I was on the mini-pill or from too much weight loss too quickly on my new not-allowed-to-eat-anything diet. Now I WISH it would dry up a bit. Maybe I'd be able to go out in public again without fear of looking like I'm attending a wet t-shirt contest. So in addition to watching what I eat, I'm now treating my self-diagnosis of oversupply by "block feeding." I've always only fed him from one breast already since he only nurses for about 5 minutes, kinda hard to break that up between two boobs (another sign he may not be getting enough hindmilk). So we'll see how this block feeding goes and hopefully we'll see some improvement. Now I just have to figure out how to enlighten his doctor so we can work together on these issues.


Blogger fuzzypeach said...

That's what I thot when you posted that wet tshirt pic - oversupply!!

Hope the block feeding slows it down some, surely it will.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

good luck!! I hope you are right and the problem solves itself!

6:49 PM  
Blogger KELLI BELLY said...

Mama usually know's best:0)

9:29 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

very interesting! good luck, is all i can say.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

You already know what I think, LOL! I hope this fixes the problem once and for all so that you can truly enjoy your little one.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Amazing, girl. I really respect mama's who do the work and figure it out for themselves, even i it seems hard. You rock.

10:50 PM  
Blogger michaela said...

right on - i hope you're on to something. what would we do without the internet?

10:01 AM  
Blogger mamaloo said...

That sounds exactly right. My little sis had the same problem.

Don't hesitate to locate a lactation consultant if you feel vulnerable. Between an LC, the forum and, I managed to sort out all our bf'ing concerns and challenges and I'm grateful for the hands-on help I got from the LC.

9:24 AM  

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