I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas & made it home safely & painlessly.
Hugs to all those w/ family issues. Gotta love 'em!
LOL "oh the 6 month old can't have cherry pop tart filling?"
Rach, thank you so much for the info on EPing. You are amazing for keeping so many balls in the air and EPing too! Your DS is luck to have a very special mama. Eh, I don't want this to come out wrong but wow - I thought EPing might suck (it certainly did for 2 weeks while I did it) but I didn't realize how much. It must be very stressful to keep up w/ your baby's demand, and then stress decreases your supply and you end up in a bad situation. I'm sorry you used the last of your freezer stash too.
I'm never very good at making a decision and sticking with it, but I think BFing is just not gonna work for us and EPing doesn't sound like a good fit either. I feel like I slacker, like I'm not very good at this whole mothering thing, but I've had to weigh the benefits of BFing and BM against my sanity and bonding time w/ DD. We have a history of food allergies too, which was one of the reasons I wanted to BF so badly. Although I hate formula and still cry when I think about permanently giving up BFing, I feel a little better knowing that she's on hypoallergenic stuff (Nutramigen).
Now I'm trying to figure out what to do w/ my freezer stash. Even though the upper GI didn't show active reflux, I've read that it's not great for diagnosing reflux & is better at finding blockages, which weren't present. After reading more and watching her more closely, I'm sure she has GERD and esophagitis. She doesn't spit up much but she'll be happily eating, then get a scared look on her face, eyes wide, then spit out the nipple, arch her back and scream. Burping doesn't make it better & may actually make it worse. I think I'll wait a week for the Zantac to become fully effective and see how she feels, then I may introduce a bottle of BM every day. I'm sure BM is more important at younger ages but her poor tummy has had to switch between BM and formula so many times I just want to give her a break. Does that sound like a good idea? I have about 200 oz frozen, which should last a couple months if I only use 3 oz a day. Maybe it would be better to give 2 bottles a day for one month? I dunno.