6 Ways to Survive Postpartum Depression

6 Ways to Survive Postpartum Depression (and Get Your Life Back)

How to Survive-2

 

After suffering from severe postpartum depression and anxiety I discovered that it was difficult to feel normal again. After I received treatment, got on medication, started seeing a therapist, took time for self care, and received a lot of help from friends and family, I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I knew I was getting better slowly. But I wasn’t quite myself still. I didn’t feel normal yet. Sure I wasn’t panicking anymore, I was able to rest, my baby’s medical issues subsided and caring for her was easier than ever. So why did I have such a hard time facing each day? Everything seemed too overwhelming and I didn’t know where to start. I would end up being in my pajamas all day along with my daughter. Nothing around the house got done. I did nothing all day. It depressed me even more.

Then I discovered some tricks to help myself get started. I didn’t make a to-do list because I felt like an extreme failure if I didn’t finish all of my tasks. I tried to think of a small list in my head and asked myself the question, “What do I need to do today to feel normal?”

  1. Start With Simple Baby Steps

What I started doing at first was just saying to myself, “Ok, I am going to wake up, get myself dressed, get my daughter dressed, and feed her a bottle.” Then when I accomplished that small task I would come up with another idea. “Now I am going to make myself breakfast and eat it.” These things may seem extremely simple and a no brainer. But for someone struggling with deep depression it can be hard to find the motivation to take care of yourself. Doing some basic self-care helped me feel more normal and ready to face the day. If I was having an especially good day I would even put on some makeup and try to make my hair look cute (or decent for that matter.)

Then I would assign myself another task. Next was usually throwing some food in a crockpot for dinner later. I knew that making dinner for my family was important and especially important for my hungry hubby after a long day. When I made dinner, it helped me feel like a normal housewife again because I was doing the things I was supposed to be doing as a wife.

By this time of the day, my confidence was building. If I could accomplish those things, I could probably do more. If it was a really rough day and I couldn’t do anything else, at least I was dressed and dinner was made. It made me feel good.

2. Set a Timer

The next thing I did was set a 10-minute timer. I tried to accomplish some sort of cleaning activity in those 10 minutes. If I didn’t finish, I would stop and take a 10-minute break. Most of the time I would finish it, even if the timer went off, because I was usually close to finishing the task and I felt motivated to finish. But if it was a hard day, and 10 minutes was all I could muster, then that was ok too. I could always come back to it.

Some of my 10-minute tasks:

  • Unloading and loading the dishwasher
  • Moving/starting/or folding laundry
  • Sweeping the kitchen
  • Vacuuming the living room
  • Dusting the entertainment center
  • Cleaning the countertops
  • Decluttering the kitchen table

I didn’t do all of these things in one day. I did as many as I had the mental and physical energy for. Some days I didn’t do any of them. Some days I did all of them. These chores may sound like a simple cleaning routine that anyone can do; but for someone with postpartum depression it can be really hard to feel like accomplishing all of those tasks in a day.

3. Natural Light

Another trick I learned was to open the blinds and windows. There’s something therapeutic about natural light and seeing what’s outside. For me, it was hard to go anywhere alone. I felt like leaving my house was too hard. So when I opened up the windows, I could see outside and I felt like I was connected with my surroundings a little more. It helped me feel not as isolated.

4. Get Out of the House

When I started feeling better I tried to go outside at least once a day. Even if I didn’t leave my property, at least I could say I got out of the house. When my daughter could crawl, I laid out a blanket on the grass and let her play while I read a book. When my daughter started walking I took her around my property and let her play outside. This was good for her and it helped me get some much needed exercise.

I learned that getting out of the house was a good thing. Even though it was so difficult to convince myself to go do something, I tried to come up with things I could do. Sometimes I went to the grocery store just for something to do. Sometimes I would drive through Starbucks and get myself a (decaf) treat. Doing little errands helped me feel normal again. I couldn’t find the strength to go out for a long time, but once I realized I could do it, it got easier and easier for me.

5. Get Moving!

Another fun trick I learned was to put on some music and dance! Even if it was to just one song. If I couldn’t find the strength to dance, I would try at least to listen to one song that I loved. The key is that it has to be a fun and uplifting song. Please don’t listen to a song that makes you feel more depressed! Enjoy the song and how it makes you feel. Even if you “can’t dance” just do it. No one can see you anyway and your baby will love it!

6. Make Your Space Feel Inviting

I also really enjoyed lighting candles or turning on my Scentsy burner and making the house smell good. There’s something about having a good smelling home that makes it warm, inviting, and lively. Changing up the smell of the house was a fun way to make it seems a little different each day, even if it was something as simple as making my living room smell like vanilla.

Getting over postpartum depression takes time. Getting out of a mental rut is extremely difficult. If you’re struggling with postpartum, reach out to friends, family, doctors, and therapists. Take care of yourself. Things will get better soon. In the meantime, try to figure out what you need to do in order to feel normal. Do you need to paint your nails? Do you need to grab a coffee with a friend? Or wander around the Dollar Store for something to do? I want to encourage you mama, you will get better and you will find a new normal. Take it one day at a time. Be strong mama!

 

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My Nursing Story

My Nursing Story

My Nursing

So like any young, first time, somewhat crunchy, frugal mom I decided long before I was pregnant that I was going to breastfeed. I had asked several people to share with me their breastfeeding experiences and had gathered that it was a wonderful, natural thing and that it would be the best for me and my baby. So it was a no brainer to me. When I became pregnant I bought a pump, reusable cloth nursing pads, maternity tanks, easy nursing shirts, nursing bras, creams, you name it. I was prepared, or so I thought.

I had such a rough pregnancy (hyperemesis gravidarum, loss of a job, difficult roommate situation, financial problems, various medical problems, and undiagnosed depression or what I consider pre-postpartum depression), I tried everything in my power to remain positive about the things I thought I had control over. I thought that if I wanted it bad enough, I could do it, and that’s all there is to it! Nursing was one of the things I thought I would be able to control. Little did I know I was SO wrong!

When my daughter was born the midwives told me she had a severe tongue and lip tie. My daughter’s frenulum reached the very tip of her tongue and her lip frenulum went all the way down to the very bottom of her top gum. Her tongue was completely restricted as was her lip. The midwives said that it didn’t necessarily mean she couldn’t nurse, but we would have to be very careful about making sure she was latching correctly.

She could latch on the left side all right, but the right side hurt terribly and within the first day I had an extremely bloody and cracked nipple. The midwife told me that I shouldn’t have any kind of bleeding or pain if the latch was correct and continued to show me how to “fix” her latch. Nothing I did worked and by day three I knew something was wrong. It just didn’t seem like my daughter was able to get enough to eat, she didn’t seem satisfied and it seemed like she had trouble nursing. My midwife quickly came over and gave me a nipple shield. She explained the pros and cons and we decided that the pros outweighed the cons; we needed this baby to eat. But my daughter still wasn’t able to latch with the shield.

This resulted in the decision that it was time to take her to a tongue-tie specialist and get the ties released. I called a pediatric dentist who preformed the surgeries. But we weren’t able to get into see her for two weeks. So my midwife gave us a syringe and told me to pump my milk every 90 minutes and feed my daughter the milk I just pumped with the syringe attached to my pinky. This way, she was still sucking the correct way and insured her not getting nipple confusion with a bottle.

I only had a one sided pump at the time so it was very time consuming. I pumped one side for 20-30 minutes and then the other side from 20-30 minutes. Then I filled the syringe and attempted to get my daughter to latch onto my finger. She got so mad because she was so hungry that it was hard to calm her down enough to get her to take our finger. We tried this for about a week before we ended up going to lactation consultant.

The lactation consultants were actually students in training, and we chose to go to them because it was free. Looking back now, I would not recommend going to students for “special” nursing cases because they did not have enough experience to help troubleshoot the various and unique issues we experienced.

The lactation consultants accessed her mouth and agreed that the tongue and lip tie were severe. They also mentioned that her mouth was narrow and she had a lot of tongue, cheek, neck, and jaw restriction. They suggested after her tongue and lip tie release to get some craniosacral therapy done by a special chiropractor to help loosen the restricted muscles. While at the appointment we were able to get my daughter to latch with the shield! We were ecstatic!

I was able to nurse my daughter with the shield until the surgery. A few days after the surgery we went to a 4th of July party. My daughter nursed so many times that day and I couldn’t figure out why. I had read about newborns being hungry and cluster feeding so I didn’t think much of it. While we were at the party I noticed that she was having a harder time latching, almost like she was getting extremely tired from sucking. She cried a lot and had a really hard time staying on the nipple shield. This continued for days and progressively got worse.

Before I knew it, my daughter was nursed around the clock, non-stop. It was like she never got enough milk to be full, so she nursed without ceasing. It got to the point that if she wasn’t on my boob, she screamed bloody murder. This was such a hard time. I couldn’t go to the bathroom, eat, take a shower, let my dogs out to go potty, or ANYTHING else except nurse. I had my husband take her and hold her and let her scream so that I could just go to the bathroom.

I tried explaining this issue with the lactation consultants and they just didn’t understand. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said that my daughter was never satisfied and NEVER stopped nursing. They did several weighed feeds and said that she was transferring enough milk during the time given, so they ruled out the possibility that I had a low milk supply. This still didn’t solve the issue of why she nursed so much and screamed all the time. They assured me she was getting enough to eat, so her colicky behavior and was caused by something else. They had even referred to her as a “high needs” baby and told me that it was most likely her personality type.

Around this time I also realized my daughter showed many symptoms of silent reflux. I thought that maybe she cried so much because she was uncomfortable and in pain. I went on an elimination diet to try to rule out what food could be causing the reflux. I cut out gluten, corn, dairy, caffeine, gassy vegetables, and various fruits that are known to cause upset in babies. My diet was so limited and I basically stopped eating.

This was also the same time that I started to realize something wasn’t right with me. I was extremely depressed, anxious, sleep deprived, and had no time for self-care. I didn’t understand how bad the damage was, but I had severe post-partum depression.

One month after an extremely difficult family vacation, I knew something was wrong. My daughter had hardly any wet diapers, no poopy diapers, screamed more than usual, and seemed extremely lethargic. We decided to take my daughter to a pediatrician. When we went to see her they weighed her and discovered that she was 10 ounces less that she was one week ago at her normal 8-week check up. I was in shock; she lost 10 ounces in one week! I wondered how this could happen. The pediatrician told me to start supplementing with formula right away. I was hesitant to do this because I knew my lactation consultants were going to tell me it would negatively affect my supply, but I knew my daughter was starving so we bit the bullet and bought some formula.

We went back to the lactation consultants to try to figure out what to do. I told them that the pediatrician suggested letting my daughter nurse for however long she wanted, but then to supplement her with formula to insure she drank enough. The lactation consultants argued with me. They didn’t believe my daughter lost so much weight and told me all of the ‘bad’ things about formula. I was absolutely appalled! I felt attacked, like I was making poor choices. I didn’t want to give up nursing entirely, I just wanted my daughter to gain the weight back and be properly fed.

I insisted they do another weighed feed and sure enough, my daughter hardly transferred any milk at all. At this point we were able to determine that my milk supply had dropped off probably around one week before. (I suspect the milk supply was partially due to the lack of nutrition I received because of the un-diagnosed post partum depression.) They seemed to be surprised and didn’t really have any good suggestions as to what I could do to improve the situation. I left feeling like I had no nursing support and worried that this was end of the road for our nursing journey.

My daughter still screamed bloody murder all day. But I could tell that the formula made her full at least. The problem was the discomfort and constipation caused by the formula. I wrote another article on the formula journey we took and the terrible allergic reaction she had to Alimentum.

As I mentioned in the other article, we switched pediatricians and ditched the lactation consultants. When we saw the new pediatrician for the first time, my daughter was 4 months old. The pediatrician assessed my daughter’s mouth and discovered that she had a posterior tongue-tie that had not been corrected and her lip tie had reattached. She guessed that my milk supply dropped because my daughter’s mouth was not working efficiently to get milk out, therefore telling my brain I wasn’t nursing and didn’t need to produce any milk anymore.

We discussed many options of how to best feed my daughter and we came to the conclusion that I would nurse my daughter as much as my body would allow and supplement with a bottle of goat milk formula. It was also at this time I began treatment for post partum depression and really got the help I needed.

Things were looking up. My daughter’s mood and digestion slowly improved, however my milk supply was almost nonexistent. I tried to add more healthy fats, eat oats, drink more, take fenugreek, pump each day in addition to nursing my daughter but nothing seemed to help grow my supply. When I pumped, I hardly pumped an ounce. It was literally a few drops. After having to take an antibiotic that was unsafe for nursing, I was told to “pump and dump” while finishing out the dose.

When I realized my milk supply was that low, I felt it useless to even waste time pumping. I decided at that point that it was time to throw in the towel and stop nursing completely. This was a very difficult decision for me; one that wasn’t made overnight. But I knew that my daughter would be fed either way, and it would help take away a lot of the stress and guilt I felt surrounding nursing.

This was the hardest journey I have ever been on. Trying to take everyone’s advice, it was so hard not to feel guilty no matter what choices I made. I had to come to terms with knowing that as a mom, I know what’s best for my child. I had to let go of the guilt of not nursing. I had to let go of the guilt that others put on me for not “sticking it out.” I have survived, and so has my daughter. I know that I did the best I could. I have a wonderful 22-month-old daughter who is as happy as a clam.

I also know that with baby number two (coming in July) I will try my very best to nurse. I will go to a great pediatrician, better tongue-tie specialists (if needed) and a hired lactation consultant. And if it doesn’t work out, for whatever reason, I’m ok with saying, “It’s just not working for us.” I’m ok with not being able to nurse. I still want to, but I know that it’s also ok for me to give myself permission to let go of things that are out of my control. I want to be sane and I want my baby to be satisfied. Those are my priorities. I am planning on doing whatever makes us sane and full!

I want to encourage any mamas out there struggling with nursing: do what’s best for you and your baby! If that means giving formula so that you can get some rest and your baby’s tummy gets full, do it! If that means switching lactation consultants or doctors, do it! If that means just pumping and giving breast milk in a bottle, do it! Don’t worry what others may say. Don’t let other moms shame you and make you feel guilty. Do what is right for your family. Only you can make that decision. Feed on mama!

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Having a Baby When You’re Poor

 

Having a Baby-2

When I became pregnant with my first child my husband and I weren’t doing well financially. We had been married only a year and we were still trying to figure out how to budget what little money we had. We knew that we had no money but we didn’t want to wait until we were rich to have kids. We knew that we would never be rich. We were going to be lower to middle class for a long time. We took a Financial Freedom Class by Dave Ramsey and tried to work through his baby steps but we were stuck on baby step number one: getting $1000 into an emergency fund. And we didn’t want to wait to have a baby any longer so we foolishly threw our Dave Ramsey knowledge aside.

I scoured the internet to find out how I could be poor and still become a mommy. I discovered a wonderful blog post about this very topic by Ashley Koch over at ashleynkoch.blogspot.com She suggests several things one can do to save money right off the bat like planning on nursing, cloth diapering, baby wearing instead of a stroller, and using a Pack n’ Play instead of a crib. These are all great ideas and I recommend using these ideas if you are able to.

After reading that blog post, I felt confident that I could do those things and everything would just work out. Little did I know that my own baby would not be quite as corporative.

When my daughter was born, we discovered she had a severe tongue and lip tie. This isn’t the kind that you took a doctor’s word for, this was the kind that you could see, the kind that you knew her mouth wasn’t quite right. We tried nursing with great difficulty and ended up having to feed her with a syringe until we could get her lip and tongue released.

Unfortunately, since we had not been doing well financially, we only had about $500 total in our savings account. This operation would cost about that much or more and we knew we were in trouble. Luckily our family blessed us with the money we needed so that we could do the surgery then repay them. Without them I’m not sure what we would have done. But not everyone has family who can give them money like that. After going through this experience I would definitely suggest having an emergency fund set up before having a baby. We really weren’t expecting all of the problems that we had.

Breastfeeding was still an issue and after exclusively nursing for two months we had to start supplementing with formula. The regular formula was provided for us by WIC. But then we found out our daughter had silent reflux and was reacting to the formula. We tried three different formulas and all three formulas were upsetting her tummy. You can read my horror story of how my daughter had an allergic reaction to Alimentum.

Long story short, we ended up having to make our own formula using goat’s milk. This was not provided by WIC because our daughter was under one year old and they have very strict stipulations on who can qualify for using goat milk. Even though her naturopath pediatrician prescribed this type of milk, we couldn’t get WIC to help us. So this was another unexpected cost that we weren’t sure how we could pay for.

Where I live, goat milk is about $4.29 a quart. My daughter was going through about a gallon or more a week as an infant. But the formula wasn’t just milk. It needed things added to it to insure it was nutritionally rounded. It required a sugar source such as molasses or pure maple syrup, vitamins, probiotics, purified water, and fish oil. Sure we didn’t have to buy all of those ingredients weekly, but they still added up! We tried our very best to cut back on our grocery bill to add these ingredients. In those days we ate a lot of soup, rice, and oatmeal. Looking back I really wish I had been more savvy about lowering our grocery bill to what is it now. But we just didn’t know. We were so naïve!

I also discovered that my baby did NOT like to be worn. She screamed bloody murder in any kind of pack or wrap. I tried all of the kinds of wraps people suggested. (Just a side note: I am not anit-baby wearing but I do truly believe that it depends on your baby’s temperament whether they can be “worn.”) Luckily, again, we were blessed by a family member and were given a stroller to use. We didn’t have one because we thought we wouldn’t need to use one.

Then to top it off, cloth diapering wasn’t working for us either. After suffering from severe postpartum depression I wasn’t able to keep up with the cloth diapering laundry. Then we ended up moving in with my in-laws to get more help with our daughter so that I could recover. When we moved, we started using an older washer for the cloth diapers. When I felt that I could handle the responsibility of doing laundry again I decided to give the cloth diapers another try. But for some reason my daughter was getting a terrible rash, like an ammonia burn every time she would wear her diapers. I didn’t know at the time that the water was hard and had high alkalinity. So I had to move to disposables. That was another unexpected cost.

But again, our family was extremely helpful and randomly gave us packages of diapers. We also purchased big boxes of diapers from Target to get a better deal. If only I knew that purchasing diapers name brand on Amazon and using their Subscribe & Save and Amazon Prime, would actually turn out cheaper than Target, I would have done it long ago.

I wanted to write this article not to discourage poor moms like me, but to be very honest about things that could happen that need to be considered. I wish that nursing worked for us, I wish my daughter didn’t need surgery, I wish I knew more about cloth diapering to fix the water and ammonia issues, I wish my baby liked being worn, I wish I didn’t get postpartum depression, but these things happened. And we were simply not prepared for them. The last thing I want is to make this “a horror story of what will go wrong with your baby.” But I just want to be open about the hard things that no one likes to hear when they have their hearts set on having a baby right now!

Some things I would suggest for moms like me who are tired of waiting to “be rich or have money” so that they can have a baby:

-Have an emergency fund of at least $1,000, but preferably one that is 3 times the amount of your monthly expenses incase you or your husband gets laid off or you have unexpected medical emergencies. This is seriously one of the hardest steps. If you have a very low income, it really is difficult to come up with this type of money. Saving this money may take some time but it is absolutely worth it in the long run.

-Plan on doing all of the things in the blog post I mentioned above: nurse, cloth diaper, wear your baby, etc. But consider the cost of formula, disposable diapers, and unexpected baby gear purchases and put them in your budget. If you are able to budget for these items and know that you could afford them before you have a baby, you will know that it is possible to afford it if you end up needing any of those things.

-Create a budget if you don’t have one, and stick to it! If you can successfully stick to your budget that you’ve created around potential baby needs, you’ll be ok. It is true that babies don’t need all of the ridiculous baby gadgets available. But you will need some, so it’s important to be realistic about what those expenses may be.

-Have a baby shower and ask for things like bigger baby gear, diapers, and cans of formula. That way, incase you end up needing those things, you have some of it already. If you don’t end up needing those items (and hopefully you won’t) you can sell the gear or donate the formula and diapers to a woman in need, a church, or a pregnancy resource center.

Babies can end up costing a lot even if you do your very best to do most things for cheap or free. It’s good to be prepared for unexpected problems so that life isn’t so difficult later. This post isn’t intended to discourage anyone from having a baby. And there are plenty of ways to save money when deciding to have a baby. I hope you’re able to find ways to have a baby with your current income. Babies don’t need too much; just some love, food, clothes, and something to catch their poop. By whatever means you have, if you can provide those things, you can have a baby. Good luck to you all!

 

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Allergic Reaction to Alimentum

Allergic Reactionto

After searching endlessly on the web and not being able to find anything on the subject, I decided to write a blog post about how my daughter had an allergic reaction to the hypoallergenic formula Alimentum.

My milk supply dropped after exclusively breast-feeding “successfully” for almost two months. (I say “successfully” rather reluctantly because it was anything but successful. I will write another post on My Nursing Story soon.) I was forced to give my baby formula despite my MANY objections. She was drinking Similac Advanced and was doing okay except for the fact that she had silent acid reflux very badly. She would choke on her own acid and wheeze and cough. It was absolutely terrifying putting her in her car seat because the position of the seat made the reflux worse. I couldn’t drive anywhere alone for those first few months. Someone had to be with her at all times in the back seat of the car to make sure she didn’t choke. Her pediatrician thought it would be best to try her on a gentle formula to see if the broken down the milk protein would help the reflux so next we tried Enfamil gentlease.

Right away I noticed my daughter straining, was gassy, she cried constantly and had trouble going poop. Her poop was grayish green and thicker than peanut butter. It was not quite constipation but it was definitely hard to pass and it was very evident every time my daughter went to the bathroom that she was extremely uncomfortable. I told my pediatrician about the troubles that my daughter had with constipation and the strange poop and she said that it was normal and that she was colicky. She said my daughter would need a few days to adjust to the new formula and she was confident that it would help her reflux. I was very frustrated because I knew that this very thick grey-green poop was not normal.  I also knew that she was not JUST colicky. I knew something was wrong.

We continued on the formula until my daughter’s two-month check up visit. I told the pediatrician that the formula she had been on for two weeks had not changed any of her symptoms. The doctor at that point seemed concerned and said that she should’ve gotten used to the new formula by now and suggested that we go on a hypoallergenic formula such as Alimentum. I was very frustrated with this because Alimentum is so expensive! (Don’t even get me started on WIC not being able to help provide this expensive formula.)  She also wanted us to take my daughter to a GI specialist because my daughter’s reflux wasn’t improving.

So that very day we gave my daughter some Alimentum. Despite it’s disgusting smell, my daughter drank it right up! (As she does with just about anything.) Within the first day of giving my daughter Alimentum she started having big green mucous poop! It looked like someone blew their nose in a diaper, it was that gross! I told my husband and he said to keep an eye on it, that maybe it would get better.

When my daughter woke up for her 5am feed, I noticed that her face seemed a little rashy. I pulled off her shirt and realized that it was all over her body! I knew it had to be from the formula. As the day went on, the rash only got worse, more red and raised. My poor daughter cried all day. Not only did the formula not help her acid reflux, it made it worse! My daughter started coughing and coughed up mucus!  Of course this all happened over a holiday weekend and we could not get into see her pediatrician. I was very concerned. We did not know what to do.

So I jumped on Dr. Google and read that some babies had a bad reaction to powdered Alimentum. This is because the main ingredient is corn and some babies are sensitive to corn. This made a lot of sense that she would have a reaction to corn. Earlier when I was exclusively breastfeeding her, I was on an elimination diet to see if we could help her reflux. Corn and corn products were one of the MANY things I cut out. When we put her on the formula I was concerned a little about how much corn was in the formula but I did it anyways because that’s what the pediatrician said. I continued to read and found out that Alimentum Ready-to-Feed was the only formula on the market that didn’t contain corn! (Alimentum ready to feed is a pre-made liquid that you can purchase. Its ingredients are nearly identical to the Alimentum powdered minus the corn.) I was upset that Alimentum was still our only choice, but I new we needed to do something.

My husband went out and bought some Read To Feed Alimentum formula and we gave it to my daughter on the next feed. We continued to give her the Ready To Feed the rest of the day and by morning her rash was nearly gone. I called the pediatrician to see if we could get in, talk about the reaction, talk about the formula, and possibly see if we could get a medial document to give to WIC for the Alimentum and the doctor’s assistant told us that the pediatrician had referred us to a GI specialist at the last visit and told us to follow up with them. I was FURIOUS. I explained that we wouldn’t be able to get into the specialist for an entire month and we needed help now. She told me she would call me back. And there’s a call I’m still waiting for. Needless to say we switched pediatricians!

We continued feeding my daughter Alimentum RTF. Her rash went away, her breathing improved, but she still had mucus in her poop. We took her to get a food sensitivity test and we discovered that she was severely sensitive to corn and cow dairy. Since the Alimentum is still derived from milk, we figured that’s what was causing the problems with the poop.

We made an appointment with a naturopath pediatrician to figure out if we needed to switch to homemade goats milk formula. At that point we were willing to do whatever would work. We just wanted this little girl to eat! It had been such a rough start between her tongue tie, my milk dropping, her allergies…the list went on and on. The doctor did suggest having my daughter drink a goat milk formula and gave us the recipe for it. We switched and instantly everything improved! Her reflux went away entirely and so did the mysterious mucous. We didn’t have to put her on reflux medication and rice cereal as the GI specialist suggested. Everything resolved on its own because of the milk. She is now a happy 22 month old who drinks straight goat milk and loves it. We don’t know what we would have done without that naturopath and the goat milk.

I just want to encourage any mamas out there: if you feel that something isn’t right, fight until you figure it out. Go to a doctor that will listen. You know what’s best for your baby. I believe in you!

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