We've tried Zantac, special formula, different feeding schedules, making her sit up for an hour after each bottle, praying, wishing and quite possibly doing a no-barf rain dance.
This girl "spits up" aka barfs up her entire bottle almost every single time.
We talked to the pediatrician about it a couple of months ago and I suggested that maybe it's a cow's milk sensitivity. Even formula is made from milk protein. She agreed it could be a possibility and at first suggested soy formula. But Lauren already has constipation issues so that wasn't a viable option for us.
The plan has been to switch her to cow's milk at 12 months old just like any other baby. She's had it here and there already. She drank about 4oz yesterday and proceeded to throw up all freaking day! Way more than usual. I'm starting to really get concerned with her liquid intake and I don't understand how she isn't dehydrated. She doesn't spit up food, just formula and milk. And yogurt- all over my phone which now doesn't always have sound!
It's to the point where she's starting to wean herself from bottles, I think because in her mind she thinks, "Every time I drink this it comes back up and hey, it hurts!" But she hasn't quite mastered a straw cup.
We bought her unsweetened coconut milk yesterday from Trader Joe's. Or "Joey's" as Ryan calls it. She chugged it and didn't spit up even a tiny little bit. Not a drop. That's not happened since I quit breastfeeding.
The problem is that coconut milk doesn't have any protein. So I don't think it's a long-term option for us even though it's high in "good" fats, which she certainly needs. Her diet is really varied and she eats healthier than most adults, much less most 1 year olds. So I know she's getting protein in her diet! But I'm positive that the pediatrician won't give the OK to give coconut milk instead of cow's milk. Maybe almond milk? Anyone been here? I never realized how frustrating food sensitivites could be. Oh my word! I'm at my wit's end!
I'm afraid the pediatrician is going to think I'm some kind of weirdo who doesn't want to give my kid cow's milk- NOT that people who don't want to give it to their kids are weirdos! I'm just afraid that it's how I'll be perceived. And even more concerned that it will make our pediatrician wary of giving me solid advice on an acceptable alternative.