Well, it turns out Lilah has reflux, which explains the vomiting and constant crying. I’d cry too if eating hurt. I took her in to get tested on Monday. She was pretty pissed about getting strapped down and being forced to drink barium, but since it ultimately got her some relief, I’m betting she’ll forgive me.
The doctor called yesterday and told me there were three possible treatments. The first is putting her in a car seat after eating so she is upright. Now, I don’t know about other parents, but I usually do not lay my kids on their backs immediately after eating. I hold them upright. From which position Lilah proceeded to vomit. Clearly, the car seat was not a viable solution, especially since she hollers the entire time she is in it.
Then, there was the next treatment. The doctor said we could thicken my breast milk with rice cereal. To be clear, this solution would involve me pumping all the feedings and then putting them in a bottle with some cereal added. Need I even explain why that one made no sense? I won’t get into all the reasons, but let’s just start with the fact that the best thing about breastfeeding is that it is far more convenient than bottles. And the bonding.
So, on to the last treatment, which is medication. I know a lot of people don’t like to medicate their babies, and normally I am in that same boat. However, let’s review the other options: vomiting in the car seat, pumping and using bottles until she forgets all about the breast, vomiting all over her mother. We’re going with the medication.
Praise the Lord and pass the pharmaceuticals.