Jenny - posted on 09/19/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
My baby boy was born five weeks early, (his due date is in two days!) and was born intolerant to my breast milk. They first tried to feed him in the nursery with my breast milk and he immediately spit most of it up. He was transferred to the NICU for feeding problems, trouble keeping up his body temp, and later jaundice. While in the NICU they continued to try bottle feeding my breast milk (I've been exclusively pumping to make sure he is gaining weight), and instead of digesting all of it he would have at least half of it sitting in his tummy with growing amounts of air. The doctors put him on TPN for a few days and then on soy Isomil for another week before we re-introduced breastmilk. This time it didn't sit in his tummy but after a few days his abdomen became distended and he became really gassy. It didn't seem to bother him in the NICU so he has been on breastmilk and iron vitamins for about two and a half weeks.
His stools since he came home have been about once a day. He did have a hernia surgery at the end of his NICU stay which included a caudal block and general anesthesia but his bm are still less than when he was in the hospital. Also since he has come home his gas has made him more uncomfortable and he really strains and grunts when he does have a bm. Last night he had A LOT of watery spit up and constantly seemed pained if he wasn't being held. We are going to try to switch him back to the Isomil in hopes of reliving his pain and making his tummy go down. His belly usually measures 41 cm at it's roundest with very visible veins and he is only a little over 7 pounds!
Has anyone else had this problem? Were you ever able to go back to breast milk and make it work? Thanks so much!