Abbreviated conversation with Jameson’s pediatrician.
Me: Jameson has been on Similac Advance [regular] formula for 3 weeks now, mixed with breastmilk. Since then, the daycare has been complaining that he is very fussy, but that he always is happier after he has a bowel movement.
[I go on and on here, talking about how I thought it was teething, but daycare keeps insisting on the BM issue]
Dr: Is he actively teething now?
Me: Yes, I felt his mouth yesterday and it is sharper!
Dr: Have you noticed his fussiness yourself?
Me: I only see him for an hour on the weekdays before he goes to bed.
Dr: How about on the weekends?
Me: That is only a couple days, we didn’t know the association between bowel movements and him being less fussy.
Dr: You can try gas drops, though if he isn’t very gassy, it may not help. It won’t hurt though. Also prunes and prune juice.
Me: We did prunes for about a week every night, no change.
Dr: It could be a formula issue or a teething issue. I recommend watching him a couple days, watch his stools, and if you’re still concerned please bring him in. We can check a stool sample and his belly.
Dr: Is that okay?
Me: It’s just that it’s been 3 weeks already..
Dr: We can bring him in now if you like
Me: Well, these next couple days are so busy with meetings…
Dr: I can offer you some samples of the gentle formulas if you like. There isn’t real science behind them since very few babies are actually lactose intolerant, but many parents swear by them.
Me: Well, I don’t know if I have time to get out there [during regular office hours]. If I were to buy one, which one would be good? I know there are no-lactose and low-lactose ones…
[blah blah blah, Dr doesn’t recommend one or another in particular but does say we shouldn’t continue to switch in search of a perfect formula]
Me: Okay, well thank you. We’ll try this and if we are still seeing issues, we’ll bring him in.
Confession: I was already at Target, prepared to buy a new formula.
Confession 2: We really don’t know if it’s teething or not. I can only go on daycare’s opinion on this, and that makes me feel awful.
Confession 3: My email to Brian after this ended with these words: I have mixed feelings, I don’t know the right answer…