After a Zombie Christmas, I've spent the last few weeks trying to get my little girl back into her previously fabulous sleep routine of waking only once throughout the night. It's going so-so. As I said in my Zombie Christmas post, I was convinced that she was having too much cereal and this was making her constipated and keeping her up at night. So, I cut back on cereal. This made things a little better but by no means is the problem solved. Now, I'm thinking a few things.
First off, I'm not 100% sure she's constipated. TMI alert (non-Moms may want to skip this one altogether). I think she's just not used to having to work to get her poops out! Her breastmilk poops basically fell out of her and now she's got this soft-serve-esque poop that seems to be causing her some discomfort to get rid of. :p I did a search on solid foods and constipation and found a list of baby foods that can exacerbate the digestive issues that often accompany a transition to solids. Top of the list - Rice Cereal. What the heck? Others include unripe bananas, cooked carrots (which of course I was feeding Jane daily - who thought carrots cause constipation?) and applesauce (Jane's favourite). Iron is also often a culprit of constipation and the baby cereals have 100% of their daily requirement so if you're feeding cereal and meats, you may want to keep an eye out for signs of constipation.
So, I could cut out solids altogether, which believe me, I have considered - especially at 2am when I'm up for the 3rd time. But, I figure, at some point she's going to have to transition to solids and if I quit now I'm just delaying the inevitable... so here's what I'm doing now:
- Switched her from rice cereal to oat
- Was feeding her cereal 3x a day, however much she would eat. Now I'm feeding her cereal at breakie and dinner, 2-3 tbsp per meal max.
- If she has chicken during the day, I'll cut out a little cereal because she's getting some iron from her chicken.
- Feeding her prunes every morning (helps the bowel, ya know - and she loves 'um) - hilariously I fed her prunes twice one day and I swear her poop was pure prunes, like it hadn't even been eaten. Won't do that again! :p
- If she seems to be straining to poop, I'll give her 1-2 oz of water in a bottle.
So, I'm hoping this will, at least, reduce the discomfort she's having in passing the solids. Eventually, I pray, I won't have to worry so much about it all and her sleep will go back to "normal".
Can I just say, as a breastfeeding Mom, introducing solids SUCKS! Breastfeeding is so convenient and easy. Now I have all this schedule nonsense and prep work. BLEH! SUCKS! :p
More to come next week on solids - I'm making my own baby foods, so I'll be posting some recipes!