Friday, March 14, 2014

The Big Switch

I thought that switching from breastfeeding to formula would be easy.  It would help Evelyn feel better, put some pounds on her, and I could get some help feeding saving me some time.

Ha!  I was wrong!

Let’s start out with the formula that Evelyn in on.  Nutramigen.  Good golly miss molly that stuff is expensive.  Like almost $40 a can.  And one can won’t last even a week.

And the stuff stinks.  Girlfriend has some rank smelling burps.  And let’s not even talk about the way it makes her spit up and diapers smell.  Eeeewwww!

But the ants don’t mind the smell.

This is our third spring in Monterey, and each year we have battled ants getting into our house (almost all of our friends here fight the same battle).  Anyway, the ants apparently love formula.  If I spill even a smidge of powder, they are on it.  So the formula can has its home up on a high shelf in hope that the ants won’t find it.  Thankfully they aren’t as attracted to formula spit up (we still have our good days and our bad days as far as spitting up goes).

The doctor told me to pump to keep my breastmilk supply up in case the Nutramigen doesn’t work and we go back to breastfeeding. 

Easier said than done.

Between a cranky baby that wants to be held a lot, two other kids and their obligations, and trying to keep the house at least somewhat picked up, I don’t have a whole lot of extra time for pumping.  So I’m only getting in two pumping sessions a day.  One in the morning and one at night after the kids are down.  So – you guessed it – I’m drying up.  I’m hoping that I’ll have more time for pumping over the weekend and I can get my supply back up.

Evelyn took to the bottle really good the first few feedings.  Then she started screaming and crying a lot.  I’m not sure if it’s the taste that she’s just not used to yet, or if the formula is bothering her tummy.

I do know that it is bothering her bottom though.  The formula hasn’t really cut down on the amount of poopy diapers that she’s having, but it has made them not so loose.  It has also given her horrible diaper rash.  After talking to the pediatrician’s office this morning, we now have a new diaper changing routine.  Instead of using diaper wipes, we are washing her bottom with soap and water at each diaper change.  Then we can let her air dry or use a hair dryer on the cool setting to dry her.  Lastly we apply an ointment and a cream that we mix together to her bottom before we put a clean diaper on.

Whew!  Can you say high maintenance?  But if we have to be high maintenance to get this little girl feeling better and get some sleep at night, we’ll do it a hundred times over!

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Hana R said...

Ahh! have you tried mixing some breast milk with the formula, and gradually omitting the breastmilk? That's what we did when I switched my daughter from breastfeeding to formula!

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

Oh man that is rough! Hope you figure something out soon to help her. Sounds like you're already pretty much doing it but our pediatrician said rubbing vaseline on every clean diaper or on their butts helps keep things from, er, sticking to them and can somewhat prevent diaper rash.

Traci@TheHallway said...

Man, I am exhausted just reading it. I hope you and everyone are able to find all that is good and everything starts working soon. I HATED those stupid little ants! ;)

Shannon said...

That poor little doll. I'm so sorry it's been a rough go, but it sounds like you're doing whatever it takes for that pretty little peanut and that makes you an amazing mommy!! :)

Jen said...

Aww man! Poor thing, sorry it has been so rough!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Hang in there! And hopefully get some sleep soon!

Jenn said...

Oh my gosh, Jenny! That is just SO MUCH STUFF. I hope she gets to tolerating breastmilk again soon. Sounds like it would be easiest for everyone! Praying her little bottom gets better soon!