I know, I know… Breast is best. I breast fed, or at least tried to breast feed for my daughters first 2 ½ months. She spit up nearly all the milk I was able to give her (which really was only a few ounces). When I pumped I was lucky to get an ounce and a half. It was discouraging and upsetting to know that I could not give my baby what she needed to give her the nutrients of life. I would sit with her an hour at the breast then a while later try pumping for 45 minutes. No matter what I tried I could not get my body to have a sufficient milk supply. There may have been many factors, but we will have to figure that out on the next baby.
It took my daughter over a month to get back to her birth weight. There were two factors: my milk supply and her difficulty at keeping food down. She was well beyond spitting up. It was more like spouting, with a shoot and aim feature. She had projectile vomiting. I can’t tell you how many times both she and I have been soaked shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip. I have had to change my clothes multiple times after she has “spit up” on me. Her bedding and clothing got the worst of it too.
Her first few months she kept loosing weight and we had biweekly weight checks. I didn’t see improvement until we switched to soy formula. But she had her greatest gains when we started medicine for reflux. I happened to have nannied for a pediatric gastroenterologist in my pre-mommy days. We have managed to stay in contact over the years. He knew I was going to have a baby, but it was my doctor’s concerned call that informed him that our baby had come.
My doctor in great worry told me she would like to consult with the GI doctor about my baby’s constipation problems and reflux issues. I asked her if she was calling Dr. T, and told her to tell him it is me and I had my baby. Sure enough that is who she was calling. He was elated to know I finally had the chance to be a mother (It was nearly ten years previous, when I was his nanny. I worked for his family for 4+ years through college). A month or so later when I was downtown at my doctors office I went across the street to the hospital to visit Dr. T and to introduce him to my lil’miss. Now that we had the reflux under control our big issue was still constipation. His advice was when we did start solids to start with sweet potatoes or squash rather than rice cereal, applesauce and banana (which can be constipating). It was a fun visit to show off my gorgeous daughter.
Lil’miss is now nearly 9 months old and she still struggles with constipation (poor babe) which we treat with suppositories (poor babe again), which she actually doesn’t mind probably because they bring relief. We still feed her soy formula, which seems to work best. Although recently I have been mixing soy with regular formula in hopes we can transition to milk after she turns a year. So far she has been able to keep it down for the most part, but she has been a bit cranky. I am wondering if it gives her a tummy ache.
See my next post to see what I have come up with to re-use all of those bulky formula containers.