PLEASE read if your baby has bloody stool & pediatrician told you to stop breastfeeding.

Rebecca - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 4-month-old daughter has/had blood in her stool. It was her only symptom that something was wrong. She was gaining weight fine (17 pounds at 4 months!), sleeping very well, hardly ever cried. We took her to her doctor, tried eliminating common allergens out of my diet (soy, dairy, wheat, eggs, etc.), did block feeding to correct a possible foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, and it improved, but kept coming back.
The pediatrician told me I HAD to switch to a broken-down formula. She couldn't tell me whether this was very serious or not, whether it was actually damaging my daughter, but since it wasn't "typical", said I needed to switch. One day even told me my daughter was "allergic" to my breastmilk. (Hello, not possible!) Anyways, thank GOD I trusted my instincts and did not stop breastfeeding.
We took her to a second pediatrician, who said,"As long as she is gaining fine and happy, keep breastfeeding. You can take plenty of time to try to figure out what is causing it. You aren't causing any permanent damage."
Also emailed Dr. Jack Newman, and I'm not allowed to share his email, but he was very helpful.
Finally, her first pediatrician referred her to a GI specialist. I went in there armed with tons of print-outs to "prove" to him that breastfeeding was the best thing for her, because I was sure he would try to make me switch to formula. Guess what? He did a quick check up on her, tested her poop, and said,"She is completely fine. This is very common in infants, they grow out of it, and there is no reason for you to stop breastfeeding. If she was in pain or not gaining weight, we would run further tests. If blood is the only symptom, there is nothing to worry about, unless she becomes anemic, but we can fix that too." In fact, he found no blood in her poop. He said that unless you test the poop when it is very fresh, you can get false positives.
I am SO glad I trusted my instincts. SO GLAD! To think that my daughter could be missing out on all the health benefits and bonding that go along with breastfeeding is heartbreaking to me! I really feel that I should write a letter to her now former pediatrician, because it scares me to think of all the babies out there who are now on formula because of her bad advice!
Anyways, I wanted to write this as an encouragement to mothers who might be going through something similar. I doubted myself many times, but am so glad I stuck it out.

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Muneyuki - posted on 11/20/2012

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Hi, my 2mos daughter had this few red tinge in her dappies and i am so worried about it..

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My daughter had blood in her stool around 6 months. It turned out to be fissures (tiny cracks around her anus). It had nothing to do with my diet or breastfeeding and luckily her doctor didn't jump to that conclusion either. They cleared up on their own and our pediatrician said they are pretty common.

Kenyale - posted on 02/25/2014

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thanks alot for sharing because my 3 month old son has had a lil blood in his stool and also has diarrhea i was scared it could b something serious, i breast feed also and i wasnt going tostop because i heard breast milk is the best for your baby!! thanks ladies for sharing

Tanethacorbin - posted on 10/10/2013

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Thank you so much. I am freaking out. I have cut everything out of my diet and I am only eating fruits and veggies and some meat. The blood went away, but now it is back. I am scared something is wrong with my little one who is only 2 months old. I am going to make an appointment with a GI specialist, but this was GREAT to hear.

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Ana - posted on 04/05/2012

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THANKS, Now I am less worry but, what you stop eating? what can I eat, I have less milk because I don't know what to eat, I will show your post to mi Dr,. He send me to the GI should I go?

Merry - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hi Rebecca! I didn't know you were on circle of moms. I'm glad you shared this! Hopefully someone else will be confident like you were.

Nidhi - posted on 05/21/2010

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i too found blood in my baby's poo twice, doc has asked me to cut dairy products...so lets see if that works

Samantha - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter had the same problem when she was about 2 mon. My pediatrician didnt suggest that i stop breastfeedng, because i wouldnt have anyway, but said it could have been hemorroids or something else and to monitor. I went on to LLL that evening and found out eactly what Lisa said, if you r not letting down well the whole inbalance in for and hindmil can cause diarrhea and blood in stool. Worked on my letdown and problem solved. Im glad you didnt stop though, and yes to many pediatricians out there are not knowledgable enough on breastfeeding. its so sad.

Minnie - posted on 12/17/2009

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Blood in stool can be due to secondary lactose-intolerance, which is from damage to the intestinal lining from a prolonged foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. This is easily rectified, and the secondary lactose intolerance should go away once the intenstines heal.

I'm glad Dr.Newman was able to help you and you were able to clear up the issue so you wouldn't have to stop breastfeeding!

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2009

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My BFF had to quit breastfeeding at around 2 months and switch to formula because of blood in the stool.. her DS had a milk Protein Allergy.. which now at 2 years old he's grown out of.

But from what I remember, that was the only symptom. I'd have to ask.

Good for you for trusting your instincts and fighting so your baby didn't have to go to formula.. and BTW, you saved yourself a FORTUNE.. the formula my friends son was on was 30 bucks a can. YIKES!

Melissa - posted on 12/17/2009

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Good for you! Mom's instinct wins every time. I would DEFINITELY write that letter... just because someone is a doctor doesn't mean they can't still learn something.

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