Aaah, our one of our favorite topics. It's time to talk dirty again, and Melissa wants your feedback. She writes:
My 9+ month old daughter just recently started solids and she is really chowing down! From the jar we offer Earth's Best Organics (from the "Firsts" line) pears, apples, carrots, and sweet potatoes. From the kitchen I mix whole milk yogurt (pediatrician's recommendation) with mashed banana, and avocado with breastmilk. She is still breast feeding but because I work full time she gets expressed milk in a bottle, about two during the day while I'm away.
As you know, this switch to solids has resulted in a change in the poop texture. It also seems like the little Bean is pooping all the time! Every time I turn around she's got "the face" and seems to be pushing really hard. Her poop has become extremely thick and sticky. The combination of pushing hard and having to wipe a LOT due to stickiness has caused the area where the poop comes out to be very red and sore. She has started to whimper or cry in anticipation when we head upstairs where the changing room is, even if she doesn't need to be changed! And she cries and twists and squirms when we do need to wipe that area.
We are using Bordeaux's Butt Paste after every diaper change, and I have Burts Bees diaper ointment as well, but the problem is not a diaper rash. So I am looking to other mamas out there for suggestions for two things:
1) a salve that will heal or cool my poor baby's inner lining (a temporary fix)
2) some suggestions on solving the problem - what will make her poop less? or change the texture of the poop? or make it easier to poop? Should I change her food type? Feed her less often? I would guess she eats about a jar a day in a couple of sittings (my husband is stay-at-home dad and feeds her when she seems hungry). Is there something natural I should/could add to her food to make it come out easier?
Thanks for any help or suggestion on this indelicate topic!