December 6, 2010

Dodging chunks (eww!)

Thank you for your thoughts on my last post.  I am much obliged.  For right now, I am not going to worry so much about the girls being on a bottle still.  I have decided that since I don't let them go to bed or nap with a bottle, that their teeth aren't in danger. (Plus we brush their teeth twice a day too).  I realize that prolonging the transition will make it harder to do in the future, but at this juncture, I am going to stay on the course I am on.  They take a bottle three times a day and the noon bottle will be eliminated by the end of December.   During the first part of next year, I will determine when/how to eliminate the last two bottles. 

In the mean time, we have come to the conclusion that Madison's week-o-puke was caused by cow's milk.  It seems that she is still very intolerant of it.  We thought she had the flu, but the part that was puzzling to all of us (doctor and Jeff and I) was the fact that throughout Madison's "illness", Mackenzie remained better than ever.  That never happens!  If one is sick, the other is sick no matter how hard I try!

I was mixing half formula with half cow's milk for about 3 weeks (they didn't like plain cows milk at all!) and looking back, from the time I started doing that, Maddie has been "sick".  Just not herself.  She always looked tired, even if she had just awoke.  She didn't laugh and play like usual, she even threw up a couple of times in the beginning of the three weeks, but I attributed it to her gagging herself or choking on a piece of food that wasn't small enough.  It was last Sunday that she really started projectile vomiting!  I immediately thought it was the flu although she never ran a fever, she was never congested and she had no other flu like symptoms.   After four days of vomiting intermittently, we put the pieces of the puzzle together and took her off of cow's milk.  TA DA!!  All fixed. (knock on wood) 

The doctor said that it was fine to keep her on the toddler formula and if we wanted to try to get her on cow's milk again, to try again in another month or so... I think we will just stick to formula.  :)

PS-My mom is up in arms, as they say, because she has been pushing cow's milk since 6 months old.  It kills her that I put them back on formula!  :)


Josie said...

I sincerely hope that your mother has at least 1 redeeming quality. From all I have read, she sounds like a tool.

IMHO ~ You are doing just fine. If you doctor is happy with your routine and the girls' growth, then keep at it. I do find it offensive of mothers not supporting each other and giving positive advice.

If formula works, use it. I would say too that trying soy might help. My middle had to be on soy until she was 15 months or so.

mybumpyjourney said...

Being as I have zilch experience feeding kids, I really have no practical advice...but it seems to me you are doing a good job!

Amanda said...

Your mom... why oh why cannot she accept that your babies are not going to fit some mold she has for them?

I don't know what the hurry is to make babies grow up sometimes. Follow your gut with this stuff. They seem to be doing fine!