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Old 08-06-2009, 11:34 AM   #21
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If I was positive that it was the med causing him to have the problems them personally I would stop breastfeeding and try another route.

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Old 08-06-2009, 12:29 PM   #22
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Re: Would you still nurse in my situation?

I would nurse and go on an elimination diet and see what happened after 3-4 weeks .. if things were the same and not at all improved.. i don't know wha ti would do..
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:32 PM   #23
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Re: Would you still nurse in my situation?

I am totally committed to breastfeeding my son and will do it as long as he wants to *because it works for both of us*. But if I was in your situation, I would switch to formula in a heartbeat. Sure there are advantages to breastfeeding, but it the medicine you have to take is hurting your son, you can certainly take comfort in the fact that entire generations of babies were fed formula and they turned out just fine. Years down the road, the thought "If only I'd breastfed longer..." will probably NEVER cross your mind. To me, the agony of watching your little guy writhe in pain would just be too much to take, and I'd do whatever it took to stop it, even if it meant giving up nursing.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:02 PM   #24
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Okay after it kept me up all night I have made a decision. I took him to the specialist this morning and asked them to do more looking into his problems and see if they could see what it could be caused by. The specialist wasn't nice about it and made me sign a release form and put a student nurse and doctor on the job. Well, in the end, his labs looked fine according to them but they checked everything but his carnitine level! They sent me home telling me he is eating to much and gets motion sick. If this is the case why is he screaming and gagging in the middle of the night when he hasn't eaten in hours? I talked to my LC more today and according to the books she has I am taking double the doses that are talked about in her books and the books of course say no studies have been done and is cannot be proven safe. I decided that I am going to do a 50/50 mix, or as close as the lact aid will give me. I figure if the meds state to take them with food and I am taking a double dose if I supplement than it will cut down the dose he is getting by half and will give him something heavier in his tummy to slow down digestion. I couldn't fathom stopping nursing but I also felt I needed to help him and last night I did the 50/50 mix and syringe fed him and he seemed to be a lot better after his first episode of the night, he didnt gag or scream until we were at the doctor and they had me breastfeed him (about 10-20-30 min later he stated the episodes). I ordered my Lact aid and it should be here middle of next week so until than I am going to try to syringe feed him 1-2oz of formula before giving him the breast. I think this is the best compromise and everyone I have talked it out with seems to agree. My LC was very good about telling me to trust my gut in this situation and her talking me through it helped me out a lot. I don't feel guilt choosing this and I think it is best for him, it's the middle ground and I still get to breastfeed like I desire so much. I just know that an elimination diet is not going to work with me, my diet is already restricted so much that there is no way it would be possible for me, considering bread, pasta, starches, tend to have milk in all of them and that is my main source of nutrition because of my condition. I just cannot compromise my health right now by doing an elimination diet and I just cannot compromise his comfort by not giving him something that can help him now. I just know how bad these pains hurt and I just cannot do this to him. Wish me luck!
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Good luck Mama! I hope that what you have decided works for you and your LO!
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I think what you decided is an awesome choice! I really admire how much research you've done with this. wtg mama and I hope he gets better! Ss that both of you have had to go through this
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Re: update, made decision post 24

good luck and i hope this works!!

as for an elimination diet, i totally understand not wanting to restrict your diet more (i have trouble with the idea and my diet is not restricted), but just wanted you to be fully informed, the local health food store here has dairy free bread.. its just locally made bread that happens to not have dairy in it.. its yummy too. i bought it for a while when i was eliminating dairy for DS.. also did they test him for reflux? do you have symptoms of over active letdown? (the gagging etc. made me wonder) .. sorry if this was already covered, i read all the posts yesterday and now i can't remember..
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good luck and i hope this works!!

as for an elimination diet, i totally understand not wanting to restrict your diet more (i have trouble with the idea and my diet is not restricted), but just wanted you to be fully informed, the local health food store here has dairy free bread.. its just locally made bread that happens to not have dairy in it.. its yummy too. i bought it for a while when i was eliminating dairy for DS.. also did they test him for reflux? do you have symptoms of over active letdown? (the gagging etc. made me wonder) .. sorry if this was already covered, i read all the posts yesterday and now i can't remember..
They wouldn't test him for reflux, they said he didn't have the symptoms that was everyone's first reaction in my family and dh's family when i talked to everyone. I am going to ask at our ped. appt. on the 24th about it and maybe she can see. I did the formula mix again last night and he was such a happy baby before bed and didn't have any episodes last night either. I actually slept until 8am and usually he is up at 6-6:30. If it is reflux would the formula help it? I know another side effect of the meds is reflux and heartburn, maybe him taking my breastmilk with the formula is helping with that?
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Re: update, made decision post 24

i don't know if formula would make it better, i know sometimes changing formula makes it better with reflux babies.. but if some of the side effects of the meds are reflux and heartburn .. personally, i'd rather give my baby reflux meds than formula if it seemed tow ork the same.. kwim? though the extra sleep is a formula 'side effect' you probably wouldn't get that way.. most docs i've been in contact with won't test for reflux but will let you test the meds to see if they help - generally i think thats silly .. but in this case, i would try it.
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Sounds like the formula worked for you! If you have access to donor milk at all, you could try the 50/50 mix with that to see if it is your medication being escreted through the breastmilk that is causing the problem.

You LO will be able to get sooooooo many of the benefits of breastmilk just from getting half of his nutrition from you. The Lact-Aid is a miracle device (I know, I use mine 7 times a day on the days that I don't work!) and although you won't have the convenience of straight breastfeeding, you will have all of the relational and health benefits. In your case it sounds like formula might equal a happy, HEALTHIER baby -- there's no way that all of that screaming, pain and gagging is healthy for him.

HUGE props to you Mama for persevering through all of this to do what is best for your baby, yourself and both of your health!
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