Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I wasn't expecting to resort to this...

Let’s face it. Life with a screaming baby is hard. You don’t know what’s wrong and you don’t know how to fix it. People all around you are saying “Oh, it’s just a phase, it’s just colic, yada yada yada.” But no. You know something just isn’t right. This has been us the past few weeks. Munch has gotten worse and worse as the days had gone by getting closer and closer to her 4 months. We tried everything. Gripe Water, the swing, snuggles, car rides, stroller rides, I even tried giving her a little water. I mean everything. I tried cutting dairy out and nothing was working. I tried formula too for a night or two and that honestly seemed to help a little.

Finally after taking her to her 4 month appointment I think we've settled on a mix of silent reflux and bad sleeping habits. It’s a pain in the butt. You don’t see any spit up hardly ever but hear it coming up and back down. She’s got all those classic symptoms. Arching back, night waking and just flat out screaming when she does, congestion, etc. 

We've ended up doing something I was never really prepared for. Something so simple. She is now on a generic Zantac. Amazing. She slept until 3:30, woke up to nurse, went straight back to sleep, and slept until 5:30, when she again only woke to nurse. Have we stumbled upon something glorious here? I’ve almost got my happy, sleeping through the night, taking naps baby back!

I’ll admit, I never really ever wanted to give formula or drugs. I have nothing against moms who do use them; there are tons of reasons why it’s needed and welcomed. I’m one of those secret crunchy moms who want to breastfeed for well over a year and use only breast milk for at least 5-6 months. Guilty. I seriously love it and will totally cry when I don’t have a little baby anymore to nurse. But right now, if I can still breastfeed and it helps my baby feel better, I’m willing to do anything.

Have you needed to do anything you thought you never would for baby’s sake?
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