After having my daughter I was determined to breastfeed no matter what. However, after having a C-section it took my milk longer to come in and her weight had dropped to where they would not let us leave the hospital until they could see her eat and gain a few ounces. Being a new mom I did NOT want to use formula but I did not think I had any other options. They brought in a small syringe along with some formula to take home and told me to give this to her and make sure she was having at least 1 ounce every 4 hours a day. I know it sounds silly but with the hormones after birth going crazy in your body you feel like a failure because you have to resort to formula.
I was very upset and I could not understand why my milk was taking so long. Finally! My milk came in and I was nursing it seemed every hour. I continued to give her a few ounces a day of the formula to try and get her weight up before her Doctor visit per that is what they had plastered in my head that I needed to do. After taking her to see the Doctor her weight was not where they thought it should and I was told that I should consider more formula and less Breast Milk. I immediately was in tears. “Why?” “I don’t understand!” I said. He told me I needed to be concerned about her weight and that she was getting enough. I left feeling hopeless like I had failed but I chose to continue breast feeding but did start to add some additional formula in with it.
Then, something was changing!! I started noticing her having tummy troubles, diarrhea, blisters on her bottom, and reflux! I took her multiple times to the Doctor over the next 2 months and he was constantly changing formula and stating it was my breast milk that I was continuing to feed her. I KNEW in my heart that was not right. I was healthy and she should be fine with just my milk, but I knew she needed something of substance while I tried to get my milk back and to help her get better. Keep in mind I had tried every brand out there and the most expensive and even a prescription and even soy milk. The Doctor wrote her up as stating she was allergic to soy and dairy and then told me to give her the prescribed liquid Zantac before feedings, use this steroid cream on her bottom for the blisters, as well as to stick with the alternative prescription formula he prescribed to try this time.
After this I desperately went to the Health Food Store and talked to one of the ladies that owned the store. I vaguely knew her from around town and from shopping there over the years and knew she had children and I was certain she knew of an alternate solution. I explained my situation and she said to try just breasting feeding and giving her a probiotic and gave me a can of natural powdered goat milk. She showed me and explained to me what all was in these formulas and the starches and fillers etc. She said I could adjust and figure out my own formula as I figure out my daughter’s digestive system so I could add additional vitamins, etc. if I felt the need. I felt like I was being forced to poison my child but being told to use all the other formulas! My mind was even thinking about all of the commercials I see and going over what the Doctors say to use; brands like Enfamil and Similac! So how can something like this work? I immediately just blocked my thoughts out and got the probiotic and milk and gave that to her for a week and went back to the Doctor.
She had no diarrhea, had normal bowel movements, no blisters on her bottom and had not spit up or had reflux at all so I never needed the Zantac. He got all arrogant and said, “see I told you she was allergic to dairy and needed Zantac and now look at her!” I looked at him and said, “I never got that formula and I never got the Zantac nor used the cream for her rash.” He looked at me puzzled trying to figure out what happened this past week. I told him that I strictly breast fed, gave her goat milk and a probiotic and used just Vaseline on her bottom. He was puzzled at the fact that I did not listen and kept asking why I did this. I literally told him because I could tell something was wrong and all she needed was Vaseline on her bottom with powder and a natural way of eating has changed her completely. He refused to believe it and said if I stick to this I need to give her a DHA and iron because she will be anemic over time and Goat Milk is not the safe choice so he wanted to see her every week because it wouldn’t be long until she got sick again. I just let it be and we visited every week and then every other week for 2 months.
He checked her blood and she was not anemic and did not need iron; she showed signs of being completely healthy. Then he wanted to know what I did as far as making the formula and he wanted to see what all was in it. I told him how I was making the formula and that I made it every night. (Below is the recipe). He found everything online and also asked me to bring in the goat milk I use, the cereal I mix with, the vitamin, and probiotic so he can see for himself what my daughter was eating and scheduled us back in 2 weeks. At this time she was 5 months old. At this visit she was completely normal again and he said to me “making this is a lot of work compared to just scooping a formula and mixing with water.” I said “Well raising a child shouldn’t be about what is always convenient should it? The convenient way was making her sick and we do not really know why but it did and you can’t deny it.” He looked and said, “ This formula and the way you make it has enough DHA, vitamins, and more nutrition than what is in the formula I was having you use. I was completely against you even trying this and using this but I researched this up and down and then advised a close patient and her baby to give it a try per their baby had sever digestive issues with formula as well and within 2 weeks the child was completely fine and no allergies or rash. This concerns me and makes me more concerned with what I even eat these days and the choices I make.” I said, “Keep the formula I use and share it because there is nothing worse as a mom than feeling like you can’t help your child eat. I knew she was not allergic and needed an alternative option to getting her nutrition.” He nodded his head and said, “a mothers intuition is best and I am glad you realized this and I am glad to know I have an alternate option as well and I hope you don’t mind that I have this and share it?” I told him to keep it and give to whomever needs it and they can always adjust to how they want it but at least they know exactly what is going into their baby’s body.
Months later my child is 21 months old and continues with the same formula and loves it. I use it to make all kinds of stuff and it works just like any milk product. She has yogurt and other dairy products and has even been introduced to non-homogenized whole milk and loves it. I still stick with the Goat Milk because of the nutritional value but it is good to know that she is not allergic to dairy and does not have food allergies like he had thought. I refused to give up when I knew something was not right.
My Advice from what I learned is to give your body time to adjust to having a baby and your milk will come in. Sometimes there needs to be an alternative to breast milk due to illness of the mother or the baby and there is a natural way. My child is extremely smart and developed better than ever. As a Doctor they give you the scare approach as to what your child needs and when. Yes they need to at times because it is so important that your baby gets what they need, but as a mom, you know what your baby needs. This is in no way biased to any other mother’s options that they choose or have chosen. This is just my personal story and if you have a baby with digestive issues then here is an alternative option to try. I hope the below recipe helps you like it has helped me.