Helene - posted on 07/26/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )
My baby is 6 months old. Since he was 6 weeks old he has been very unsettled, screaming, crying, wriggling his body in pain etc. and he would vomit big chunks of milk. I went to health visitors, GPs (general practitioner - the doctor) and even went to A & E (accidents and emergency) to see proper paediatricians. I was told it was colic, that he was a colicky baby, that he was just a sicky baby, that he was just ajusting to the world, that babies just cry - it's what babies do (!), that I was fussing too much etc. The paediatricians in A & E listened to me listing his symptoms and then diagnosed him with a severe case of acid reflux - but only from my description. I handed in a stool sample (very loose) but of course it had to be analyzed which could take some time. I went home with medicine - Ranitidine and Domperidone - for his reflux. When I went back for his check-up it was a completely different paediatrician who read his file in a matter of seconds and then painted a very dramatic picture saying they had found blood in my son's stool and that normally indicates lactose intolerance. To be honest I thought the doctor was mistaken. How can my son be allergic to my breastmilk?? I just went back to the hospital to get further test result and yes, my son cannot cope with my milk.
When he was diagnosed with reflux all health doctors told me to wean him onto solid food early (earlier than 6 months) so he's on 3 meals a day already. The natural process is that the more solid food he eats the less milk he wants and I'm now down to breastfeeding only 2-4 times a day - in the morning, in the evening and as snacks. This has made him vomit less and be in less discomfort. I thought it was the reflux medicine working but as it turns out it's because of him getting less breastmilk.
My dilemma now is whether to wean him off the breast completely? And if I do how do I make sure he gets all the vitamins and minerals he needs? Are there any other mothers out there with any experience with lactose intolerance?
Please don't call me a bad mother. I'm looking for support here.