Current mood: Pouty.
So I mentioned it in Emmeline’s 3 month update but we started doing weekly weight checks last week as Emma has been struggling to gain weight. Today was her second weight check and she weighed in at a whopping 10lbs, 1oz.
She gained ONE OUNCE in a week.
I asked the pediatrician what she normally likes to see and she said one ounce a day. So yeah, not great. That means Emma hasn’t even gained 3 lbs from birth. It makes me feel bad as a mom because obviously something is wrong… well we found out what it could be today.
I was asked to bring in a poopy diaper, which I did. Dr walked out to test it, and walked back in with several containers of formula. I already knew what she was going to say before she started speaking. Emma has a dairy allergy. Ugh.
The recommendation? If I want to continue to breastfeed, cut out all dairy and red meat. It felt like my heart was ripped out in that moment. Cheese? Ice Cream? Steaks? Cheeseburgers? PIZZA??!! All gone in an instant. We also are going to start her on Zantac. The pediatrician said it should help with her leaky gut and some of her spitting up. We are also going to check diapers every week to see how things change.
I wish I wasn’t being such a baby about this because it shouldn’t be a big deal. I mean, I have cut out things during pregnancy and survived. I know it will be okay. I know I can do it. It’s just annoying. I am not against formula. It is certainly an option for us if the diet situation doesn’t work out for me but I would love to be able to breastfeed Emmeline for a year, like I did with Palmer.
Waaah waaah waah… We’ll see how things continue. I’m going to do some research, and be prepared to ask the pediatrician lots of things come next week when I’m not so stunned by the news.
I know it takes a few weeks for dairy to be removed from your system so we have a little bit of a road ahead of us. It is definitely something that some infants can grow out of so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this isn’t a long process.