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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Please Be More Informative Than Professor Google

A few times over the past two weeks, Nathan has refused to nurse. He'll take a bottle no problem, but when offered, um, me, he cries and screams and breaks my heart. I've wondered if it's something I've eaten, if he has gas, or if it's acid reflux. Fortunately, these spells don't last long. But unfortunately, they're so short that I haven't really talked to his doctor about them.

Also, his skin is very very dry. I mean there are patches on his face that he rubs raw. Last night, I swaddled him super tight and drenched him with Aquaphor. I think he was still bitter - and oily - this morning. I read in one of our baby books that severe skin dryness could be a sign of a food allergy too.

I do have a call into our pediatrician, but I was wondering if any of you had ideas or resources for healthy, non-allergenic diets for breastfeeding moms. As always, your assistance is adored.


Jen said...

Hmmm...well, in my case with 2 of my kids, I couldn't eat tomato-based things because it made them scream horribly. So, your diet could just need a little tweaking. I would maybe suggest you write down what you are eating and gauge his reaction, go from there.
Dry skin can just be dry skin with newborns. It doesn't hurt to get it checked out though.

No worries are irrational worries when it comes to our kids. Do what you need to do to get peace of mind and never mind anyone who says different. I take my kids to the doctor when I feel it warrants it, even if my hubby doesn't. 90%of the time I'm right :o)

Good luck, sweetie. I hope its just a diet thing that you can remedy quickly.

L Sass said...

Unsurprisingly, I know nothing.

Being a mom is hard! You are doing a great job. I love to read about Nathan's latest activities and progress.

Nonnie Bear said...

Very tricky question. If only the little ones could just speak their minds. I agree that you should keep a food diary and see if it can offer any clues. But I'm more prone to think that sweet Nathan is showing a little attitude. Bottles give instant gratification. The breast takes a little longer to get flowing. He may just be showing his dissatisfaction with the slow service. You may try starting him on the bottle for an ounce or so and then switch him to the breast. But he still may not like waiting for his food. As for the dryness, humidify constantly. I had two humidifiers going at once plus sometimes would simmer a pot of water on the stove. It does wonders. Oh and fewer baths. Don't bathe him more than every other day. You must be doing good. He is absolutely gorgeous.

Ree said...

Contrary to LSass, it may or may not be surprising that I have no advice, but I don't. ;-) Sorry honey. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you and can't wait to meet Nathan sometime this summer.

Anonymous said...

I love your Blog! I am also a mom currently breastfeeding (baby #3)... it's a tough road & just hang in there.. I agree with the food diary & make sure you are drinking a lot of water/liquid! I've found some times it takes changing the breast you are starting on.. Sometimes my daughter doesn't like the breast I initially present so I switch her sides & voila she eats! GOOD LUCK figuring out what the little man needs/wants.