I gave birth to a healthy 8 lb 7 oz baby boy almost 4 weeks ago. For the first two weeks I tried to exclusively breastfeed, but he steadily lost weight the whole time - about 1 1/2 pounds total! He was extremely fussy and difficult to deal with. He also developed jaundice that lingered for a long time. He had all kinds of blood tests, and his liver function and bilirubin levels were very elevated. His pediatrician recommended I "flush" his system with only formula for a couple days. He gained 7 1/2 oz during that time, and the jaundice virtually disappeared! After that I tried to re-introduce breastfeeding before every bottle, just so he could get the health benefits. At first it seemed to work great, but as he started to do "better" and spend more time breastfeeding, it seemed like a lot of the old symptoms returned. He would get very gassy and fussy, his poops were very very runny, and he developed soreness around the anus.
I suspect he's sensitive to something I'm eating, but NOT cow's milk, since he does great on milk-based formula. He is like a different little boy when he's fed just formula - very happy and content. I'm ready to throw in the towel with breastfeeding, but I kind of feel like a failure. It doesn't help that my family is very pro-breastfeeding. My mom had five kids, and successfully breastfed all but one of us. She keeps saying she's "never heard of such a thing" when I tell her I think there's something wrong with my milk, and she acts like I'm trying to make up excuses. I think it's also difficult emotionally because for 9 months I provided everything my baby needed with my own body, and I can't do that anymore. Everyone complimented me on how healthy we both were. I'm having a very difficult time letting go of breastfeeding, but I want what's best for my baby :-( Has anyone else gone through this?