Another Baby Barfer? Really?

I was afraid of this. Emmett is becoming a barfer. AARRRGGGGHHHH. Fia had the worst reflux. But I thought I dodged the bullet with Emmett. Reflux usually shows up around 2-3 weeks. Each week that passed with Emmett I felt more and more hopeful. I mean, he was a spitter. But not a barfer. There’s a difference.

Then, about 2 weeks ago, just shy of his 3 month birthday, more and more milk kept coming up. I knew I was in trouble when Cleo, our nanny, walked in with 3 changes of clothes. Damn.

Here is the weird thing. He only barfs up my breast milk. Not formula. Fia was the exact same way. I took her to 3 different pediatricians.  I even took a saturated barf cloth to one. “Here, feel this. This is from one feed!” I sobbed. We’re talking cups of barf. They all told me the same thing: since she was gaining weight, it wasn’t technically reflux. Therefore, they wouldn’t treat it as such. But wait, the reason she’s gaining is because I have to feed her all the time. She is also in terrible pain, constantly scrunching her body up. And all the barfing certainly can’t feel good on her throat.

Their stance was to keep her on the boob and deal with it. I’m still resentful.

I ordered some herbal concoction that–no kidding–was black as tar. It is supposed to help reflux. Um, okay, well, if it doesn’t, guess what you get? Black stains all over your furniture. Genius. That lasted all of one feed. I experimented with other things too, but I finally just gave up.

At 4 months, overwrought with lack of sleep and full of misery, I gave up breast feeding. I drove to the store and bought formula. It was an instant game-changer. I had a freezer full of breast milk that I would try to get down week after week. Same thing every time. Copious amounts of barf. I don’t think it was an allergy either. I had experimented with eliminating dairy, citrus, eggs–you name it–from my diet. Nothing worked. My mom said I was the same way.

With Emmett, I am determined to not give up breast feeding so early. I took him to our doctor here and explained what was happening. (I picked a specific doctor at the practice because she’s not old school like some of them.) After hearing my story, she theorized that maybe since breast milk isn’t as heavy as formula, both he and Fia needed something with more weight–or less acidic. It’s exactly what my mom and I had talked about 2 years before.

This pediatrician, unlike others I’ve had, prescribed Zantac. She also gave me some probiotics. Instead of discounting me, she listened. For that, I am incredibly grateful. She believes that it is worth staying on the boob with a little medicine rather than switching to formula. Or at least trying to see if it makes a difference. Whew.

We are on day 5 of Zantac and so far his spitting up has greatly diminished. I’m holding my breath and crossing my fingers. He also isn’t crunching up in pain as often. My goal is to boob feed him for at least 6 months, maybe a year. He’s my last baby. Plus, there are some major advantages (besides the medical aspect) to breastfeeding. I’ll save that for another blog.

I wrote earlier this week about trusting your mom instinct when it comes to studies and diagnoses and all that jazz. I’m glad I get a second chance on this one with my little guy.

Add a Comment
Back To Fearless Feisty Mama
  1. by Dennisha Ware

    On May 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I was just reading through some of the blogs. I have a non profit organization and we advocate teenage mothers and provide or connect them to the resources needed to raise happy healthy children. I am sure a lot of the teen mommies can relate to this. This is a really nice web site. Good information. Check out Dennisha’s Village at dennishasvillage.org

  2. by Amy

    On May 5, 2012 at 12:40 am

    My baby was a barfer too! She would full on puke cups of my breastmilk so that both her and I and the breastfeeding pillow were drenched. She refused bottles/formula so I felt I had no options and she never appeared to be in any pain, just would suddenly projectile vomit an incredible amount of milk and carry on smiling and cooing. She also gained weight slowly but steadily so no one was concerned. And to be honest due to the weight gain and the lack of apparent pain, I was only upset about it cuz it was hard to deal with getting puked on and having to feed her all over again. She grew out of it by around 5 months, as everyone said she would.

  3. by Jill Cordes

    On May 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks guys. Amy–I’m determined to hang in there and if 5 months it lessens, then I can handle it. The zantac really does seem to be working so I’m hopeful.

  4. by Kelley

    On May 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    My three month is the same way!! She projectile vomits all day, but nobody seems concerned about it except me. My two other kids never had this problem, so I feel lost about what to do. I think she has acid reflux, but I don’t want to give her formula. It feels great hearing you have found something that is helping. I think I am going to bring this up with the pediatrician. To me it isn’t okay for a baby to constantly barf and want to eat every minute of the day. I know she is gaining weight, but I agree it is only because she nurses so frequently. Thank you. This blog has helped me : )

  5. by Wilien

    On October 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I would much rather buy E-Cigs online than in mall kiosk, basically due to the costs.

  6. by Vimax pills amazon

    On October 22, 2012 at 5:19 am

    There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That’s a excellent point to provide up. I offer the thoughts above as common inspiration but clearly there are questions like the 1 you provide up where one of the most essential thing will be.

  7. by Michigan Wedding Fireworks

    On October 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Well I definitely liked reading it. This subject offered by you is very practical for accurate planning.

  8. by very helpful

    On October 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Excellent web site. A lot of helpful info here. I’m sending it to a few pals ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks in your effort!

  9. by businessinsurance

    On October 29, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Well I truly liked reading it. This subject offered by you is very helpful for good planning.

  10. by Commercial Cleaning Melbourne

    On October 29, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Hey very cool web site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also…I’m glad to search out so many helpful information right here in the put up, we need work out extra strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing.

  11. by marriage sherpa

    On October 29, 2012 at 5:26 am

    I was just looking for this information for a while. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what is the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this kind of informative websites in top of the list. Generally the top sites are full of garbage.

  12. by how

    On November 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  13. by Blog HON

    On November 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I simply couldn’t leave your site prior to suggesting that I really loved the usual info a person provide to your visitors? Is going to be back continuously in order to check out new posts.

  14. by Dallas Alexander

    On November 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    My spouse and i were absolutely ecstatic when Ervin managed to carry out his basic research using the ideas he had from your very own weblog. It’s not at all simplistic just to happen to be freely giving hints which others might have been making money from. We consider we have you to appreciate for this. All the illustrations you made, the simple web site navigation, the friendships you can aid to promote – it’s got most wonderful, and it’s helping our son and the family understand that matter is amusing, which is certainly highly serious. Thank you for the whole thing!

  15. by Corrales homes for sale

    On November 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I needed to post you the tiny word to help give thanks again for all the pleasant tips you’ve provided above. It is simply extremely generous with people like you to supply easily exactly what many people could possibly have offered for an e book to help make some money on their own, notably given that you might have tried it in case you desired. These good tips additionally served like the great way to fully grasp that most people have the identical keenness just like my very own to grasp great deal more with respect to this problem. Certainly there are some more fun opportunities in the future for folks who scan your blog post.

  16. by teaching oral health

    On November 5, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Utterly indited subject matter, Really enjoyed reading.

  17. by personalised thankyou cards

    On November 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I have been surfing on-line greater than 3 hours nowadays, but I by no means found any fascinating article like yours. It¡¦s beautiful worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content material as you did, the net shall be much more useful than ever before.

  18. by dentist

    On November 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

    You could certainly see your skills in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart. “If the grass is greener in the other fellow’s yard – let him worry about cutting it.” by Fred Allen.

  19. by photo booth austin

    On November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your website is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this blog. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What a great website.

  20. by 2012 toyota corolla

    On November 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    What i don’t realize is actually how you’re no longer really much more neatly-liked than you may be now. You’re very intelligent. You know therefore considerably in relation to this matter, made me individually imagine it from numerous varied angles. Its like men and women are not involved except it is one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs outstanding. At all times handle it up!

  21. by unlock apple iphone 5

    On November 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I precisely had to thank you so much once more. I do not know the things I might have created in the absence of the actual tricks discussed by you over this concern. It had been an absolute daunting issue in my position, but being able to view the skilled manner you managed the issue forced me to weep over contentment. I’m grateful for the advice and thus hope that you are aware of a powerful job you are always accomplishing instructing other individuals via a blog. I know that you’ve never met any of us.

  22. by tinnitus

    On November 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one today..

  23. by Grow Taller 4 Idiots Review

    On November 8, 2012 at 7:21 am

    It¡¦s really a nice and useful piece of information. I¡¦m satisfied that you simply shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  24. by home

    On November 8, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Thank you, I’ve just been searching for info approximately this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve came upon so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure in regards to the source?

  25. by orthodontics in columbia md

    On November 8, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Great amazing things here. I¡¦m very satisfied to see your post. Thanks a lot and i am looking ahead to touch you. Will you please drop me a mail?

  26. by bathroom vanity toronto

    On November 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

    magnificent points altogether, you simply won a brand new reader. What might you recommend in regards to your put up that you made some days in the past? Any positive?

  27. by london to paris cycle

    On November 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Keep up the fantastic piece of work, I read few blog posts on this website and I believe that your web blog is rattling interesting and has bands of fantastic info .

  28. by early readers

    On November 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I have been examinating out a few of your stories and i can state pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your site.

  29. by BMW Salt Lake City

    On November 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I’ll immediately take hold of your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Please allow me recognise so that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

  30. by Barber shop

    On November 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Thank you for every other informative site. The place else may I get that type of information written in such a perfect method? I have a venture that I am just now running on, and I have been at the look out for such information.

  31. by eigene webseiten erstellen gratis

    On November 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    of course like your web-site however you need to test the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to inform the reality nevertheless I¡¦ll certainly come back again.

  32. by actieve jongerenreizen

    On December 7, 2012 at 5:50 am

    It is actually a great and useful piece of info. I¡¦m satisfied that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  33. by Dandle

    On December 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Penyebab Bunyi Berdecit Pada Tali Kipas Mobil | Trisangga Raya Rent Auto I had been recommended this web site by my cousin. Your perform is extremely outstanding. Generally Magnificent.

  34. by just click the next document

    On December 17, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I do love the manner in which you have framed this particular matter plus it does indeed supply me some fodder for consideration. However, through what precisely I have seen, I simply wish when the actual opinions pile on that people today keep on issue and in no way embark on a soap box of some other news du jour. Yet, thank you for this excellent point and though I can not necessarily concur with it in totality, I value the standpoint.

  35. by Sung Rendino

    On December 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Rattling nice style and superb written content , nothing at all else we need : D.

  36. by coupons

    On December 28, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I don’t even know the way I stopped up here, however I thought this publish used to be good. I do not know who you are however certainly you are going to a well-known blogger for those who are not already. Cheers!|

  37. by Askjohn

    On December 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my cousin were just preparing to do a little research on this. We grabbed a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there..

  38. by DOGFEST2008

    On January 2, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I’ve recently started a site, the information you provide on this website has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work. “The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.” by Peter De Vries.

  39. by BLOG

    On January 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Simply wanna state that this is extremely helpful, Thanks for taking your time to write this. “Though thou has never so many counselors, yet do not forsake the counsel of your soul.” by John Ray.

  40. by http://youtube.com/watch?v=xbL01vfSggg

    On January 7, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    As a site owner I believe the material here is reallyexcellent. I thank you for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck…