Just when I thought I was feeling confident about breastfeeding...
Today I've noticed some reddish-brown flecks of blood in LO's stool. He's 10 weeks. After Googling, I see that it's most likely either a dairy allergy or a lack of good hindmilk. Sometimes his poop is more green than yellow and I'm reading that could be a hindmilk issue too.
He was born 7lbs 10 oz. and at his 2 month appt, weighed 10lbs 5 oz. which worried me as he is only in the 10th percentile, but the pedi didn't seem concerned since he's steadily gaining, slowly but surely.We EBF and he eats about every two hours during the day, about 10-15 min each breast. Sometimes longer.
On top of this, just yesterday I made the comment to the daycare teacher that all the other babies in DS's class were HUGE! And she said, "Yeah, you can tell which babies are breastfed -- they're chunks!" When I told her DS is breastfed, she said he might not be getting good fatty milk from me (not that she claims to be an expert, it was just her experience with her own child).
So now I just wonder if the milk I'm producing is good enough. Breastfeeding is so time consuming and my days basically revolve around it, I'd hate to spend so much energy making sure he's breastfed only to find out it lacks good fat or it's irritating his bowels. Ugh. Sorry, it's just frustrating.
I'll work on eliminating dairy, but my question is what can I do to ensure my breastmilk is good and fatty? Does it have to do with what I eat, or how long he nurses?
And I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that breastmilk is still what's best for him even though these issues have cropped up.