Henry Poop Drama

Do you remember all of the poop drama we went through with C and my many attempts to clean up my diet in attempts to eliminate whatever was irritating her stomach?

Well, if you don’t remember, here are just a few posts from back then…

https://playinghousewi.com/2014/12/03/holy-cow-milk/

https://playinghousewi.com/2014/12/18/dairy-elimination-update/

https://playinghousewi.com/2014/12/31/total-elimination-diet-ted/

Well, unfortunately, we seem to be having the same issues with Henry. I’m trying not to worry too much, as the GI had told us it wasn’t the biggest deal when Charlie went through it. However, I have eliminated dairy and soy for about 4 weeks now.

I was seeing blood quite often the week before I decided to change my diet and haven’t seen any since, so I’m taking that as a good thing. He’s still had mucus, but the blood seems to be gone.

Unfortunately, Henry has been fighting a stuffy nose/cough for a week or more now and has had LIME green diarrhea for 5 days. This liquidy mess keeps finding its way out of Henry’s diaper and all over everything. SO. MANY. WARDROBE. CHANGES.

I’m hoping he’ll start feeling better soon. Also, I miss cheese.

 

Total Elimination Diet (TED)

The poop saga continues. Last time I posted, I was struggling to figure out how to solve sweet Charlotte’s green, mucousy blood poops.

Since then – just under two weeks ago – I have been on Dr. Sears’ Total Elimination Diet. The diet consists of literally turkey (range-fed), yellow squash, zucchini, pear, sweet potato, olive oil, salt/pepper and rice. That’s it! However, as of a week ago, I eliminated rice, as it seemed to be bothering Charlotte. So now, I’m surviving on turkey, sweet potato, pear, and squash/zucchini.

The point of the diet is to totally strip down your intake to make it easier to identify what is bothering her tummy. Once her poop has become regular, the idea is to add in one food every 4-5 days and track what is okay and what bothers her.

BUT, of course, it’s not so simple. I was on the diet for a week with no real change, so I did end up putting Charlotte on prescription formula (neocate) for a little over 2 full days. Once on the formula, Charlotte’s poop FINALLY became regular. It was yellow, no mucous and no blood.

On that third day – after 1.5 weeks of clean TED eating – I went back to breastfeeding. However, 2.5-3 hours after nursing her for the first time since formula, she had bloody mucous.

Her poop since then has been really pretty varied. Diarrhea this morning, yellowish green, yellowish brown, mucousy, no mucous. Jury is still out I guess.

I’ve spoken with two lactation consultants, multiple people from La Leche League, and women from my mom’s group… Consensus? Nobody has any real idea.

It could be an allergy, it could be an over supply… Or maybe she just has an intolerance to my milk in general?? I don’t know.

Most people say that if it doesn’t seem to bother her, just keep breastfeeding. Although they aren’t sure if that has any long term effects.

Unfortunately, that’s not really settling our minds. So, we scheduled an appointment to see a pediatric GI specialist in two weeks… And until then, I will continue to choke down sweet potatoes three times a day.

I’ve been trying to spice things up in terms of meals, but it tends to be quite similar day to day.

Breakfast:
Sweet potato/zucchini hash browns and/or turkey & pear sausage (aka cut up pear cooked in a mini homemade turkey burger)
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Lunch:
Turkey breast (cooked in olive oil and water in the slow cooker) with zucchini/pear slaw (aka chopped zucchini and pear) on sweet potato peels (I microwave a sweet potato, scoop out the insides, and use the skin as bread)

Dinner:
Homemade turkey burger with shredded zucchini and/or squash in it with either zucchini hash on top or zucchini slaw and sweet potato dipping sauce (aka puréed sweet potato, water and salt), sweet potato crisps (chopped sweet potatoes tossed in olive oil and salt and cooked at 450 until crispy), and sautéed squash

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Detoxing…

Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but I’m feeling pretty unsatisfied from my meals today. I have to admit it, I’ve been drinking either a keriug Chai Latte or Hot Chocolate every day after lunch for an embarrassing amount of time… and I’m missing it. I’m staring at a clementine right now just knowing that it’s not going to do the trick.

I know, I know… it could be worse. And it’s definitely not the worst thing in the world to have my bad habits broken. But still… I want a cookie.

Honestly, the worst part is the fact that all of my stored pumped milk is unuseable. That means that despite the fact that my wonderful husband takes any and all night feeds, I have to wake up to pump so he has milk to give our girl. Our “reserve” went from probably 100 ounces to 4 ounces. We’re saving all of my “dairy milk” in hopes that maybe there will be use for it in the future, but I’m not hopeful. Plus, that means that I have a LOT of pumping to do to earn a sans baby field trip. Totally sucky.

As an FYI, hubs takes the night feeds because tiny Charlotte gets way too excited to see mommy and thus refuses to go back to bed making night feeds go from 20 minutes (how long it takes with daddy) to over an hour (how long it takes with mommy).

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Holy Cow (Milk)

Warning: this post contains a photo of green, slimy baby poop. (Stef, that was for you…)

This morning, Charlie’s poop had blood in it. For months now, her poops have been varying shades of green. Based on my doc and my other doc (Dr. Google), it seemed to be an oversupply issue. However, today’s diaper was a game changer.

The poor little princess had green, mucousy, bloody poop today.

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Nasty, right?

Well, as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to call the doc. I spoke to her nurse and waited for a call back… Which took about 2+ hours. In the meantime, I managed to uncover what sounded like a dairy intolerance.

After checking out the little one later that afternoon and seeing the poop pic, the doc confirmed my guess. This is most likely a dairy intolerance.

So, what does that mean? Well, it means that I can literally eat nothing with milk protein. That includes the obvious cheese/milk, but also a lot of breads and packaged foods. To add to it, I can’t eat anything with soy.

Because of the strictness of the dairy/soy ban, Hubs and I figure this might be a good time to try the paleo diet… For the next 8 months.

Woof.

I already miss cheese. Yummy, Melty cheese.

But I’m going to stay positive.

Wish me luck!!

Here’s the extensive list of dairy no-no’s…

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But here’s what makes it totally worth it…

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