Learning Lessons From My Mom

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I’ve always known that I was breastfed. I’ve always known that my mother gave birth to me without drugs, even with pitocin that the doctor required. I’ve always felt that our bodies knew what they were doing and that we should respect that. There’s a reason why we’ve evolved to be this way.

It wasn’t until I became a mother that I found out that, while I was indeed breastfed, it was only for a few short months. When I was a baby, I spit up a lot. My mother was told that I was allergic to her breast milk and needed to be switched to formula immediately. She tried every formula out there and I always spit up. My mother didn’t know that being allergic to breast milk is virtually unheard of and that babies that are allergic to breast milk are also allergic to formula and usually end up dying. She didn’t know that I was a happy spitter and it didn’t matter that I was spitting up so much because I was still gaining weight.

Luckily though, from her experience, I knew all of this.

I still remember the day when Peanut and I came home from the hospital, she projectile vomited all the way across the bed. Literally. It scared the heck out of me and I frantically called my La Leche League leader and friend. She told me that I didn’t need to feel so long on each side like the hospital told me. The next feeding I just let her go on one side as long as she wanted and the projectile vomiting didn’t happen again. She kept spitting up though. A lot.

For the first 6 months of Peanut’s life, I was feeding her every 60-90 minutes 24-hours a day. The rare times that she did sleep longer, she woke up screaming in pain. While it definitely was terrifying for a new mom, I knew it was just the reflux. I knew that if I tried her on formula, she would likely get worse rather than better. We started her on a reflux medication and that stopped the screaming, but she still fed constantly. Because of my mom’s experience, I knew this was just a variation of normal. This wasn’t a problem, but just our life.

So yeah, I spent a good majority of 6 months covered in puke, but you could hardly smell it because it was breast milk puke. Yeah, my child spit up all the time, but I knew it was just normal for her. We worked around it. I carried spit up rags everywhere along with changes in outfits for really big messes. People knew not to take her from me the instant she was done nursing. Honestly though, even if you waited you still most likely got spit up on. That’s just part of having a baby.

So with Twig, if he/she spits up, we’ll deal with it. I’ll happily accept the day when he/she stops spitting around 6 or so months, but we’ll deal with it. I am thoroughly versed in how to care for a spitty infant, and the beginning of that lesson started with my mom.

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4 thoughts on “Learning Lessons From My Mom

  1. I love how matter-of-fact you are about the reflux issues you and your daughter have dealt with. It is a (very challenging) variation of normal, but I’m so glad to hear that you had the support and information you needed to continue breastfeeding! Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. Thanks for sharing your story! I have been reading a lot about infants with reflux or are happy spitters lately and it’s something Im glad to see mothers talk about- it’s so scary when the little ones vomit and it can help to know other familys have been through it!

    • I can’t remember honestly. Sorry I’m not more helpful. It was a liquid and we just kept her at a very low dose so that by the time I thought she should be off, the doctor said she probably wasn’t getting very much from such a low dose anyway.

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