I found this post in my drafts and realized that I never completed it. I thought it was definitely something important to post, so I am now completing this. :)
I was inspired to write this post by reading one of Theta Mom's posts on mother's intuition.
Since I tested positive for Strep B, I was hooked up to an amoxicillin IV and also hooked up to Pitocin to induce my labor and Magnesium Sulfate for the pre-eclampsia. I was just a hot mess when I was in labor. I ended up having a high fever, couldn't hold anything down including the Tylenol they gave me, the epidural made everything below the hip completely numb to the point where I felt like I was paralyzed... I'll save the entire birth story for another day!
They wheeled me down in a wheelchair a day and a half after I had her so I could see her in her little isolette. To make a long story short, every day she did take a little more formula by bottle, although her sucking reflex was not developed. Unfortunately, what she did take down came right back up. They tried many different formulas, did many different tests and spoke of doing surgery; the word surgery petrified me, as she was just a few days old and my little baby.
I was a mess. Every day I had to leave the hospital I cried uncontrollably, I would cry myself to sleep, I would pray and would beg the NICU doctor (Ironically named Dr. Stork) to please let her come home. I even went as far as to threaten to sign her out AMA (Against Medical Advice) because I wanted my baby home with me. Obviously I didn't -- but only because they told me that my insurance wouldn't pay for any of her treatment if I signed her out AMA...
One day as I was talking to my friends on the JustMommies Oct 05 DDC (Due Date Club) I found out something that the doctors hadn't even brought up at that time -- there was a formula that they had not tried that was specifically for babies with digestive issues and reflux; Similac Alimentum. I went to the store, purchased special Dr. Brown bottles, the Similac Alimentum and brought it to the NICU with me. I told the nurse, Carol, that I wanted to try this and backed it up with research I had printed off. She agreed to let me do whatever I had to do. Guess what? Within 4 days it was working and Alayna had been gaining weight consistently. After a month and two weeks in the NICU, my baby was coming home and I was ecstatic.
I owe a lot to that nurse, she was there to comfort me when I had nervous breakdowns, she explained as much as she could in such a soothing way, she made sure that Alayna was taken care of every minute of every day and she allowed me to try what I felt was right, as a mother.
It just goes to show that sometimes mother does know best, even when the medical professionals overlook something so easy. Sure, she was on acid reflux medication until she was 2 years old and she still has trouble drinking or eating anything acidic, but she's the most beautiful and healthy little 7 year old any mother could ever ask for. She's my best friend and I wouldn't change it for anything. I'm glad I listened to myself before agreeing to anymore tests or any surgeries for my baby.