Yesterday it was not the most fun. My son cried and screamed all day. For most of that time, my partner and I thought that our son had gas. I looked up so many articles and videos about how to effectively burp your child or make them fart, but nothing worked. He kept screaming.
For those of you that have children, you know how awful it feels to know what your child hurts and not be able to do anything about it.
Eventually, I wised up and thought about it, and I realized that even though I was getting my son to burp some, he is still was in terrible pain. The only other thing I could think of was the fact that the formula is an eating for days is dairy-based. Since I haven’t eaten any dairy in years, I wondered if my son was sensitive to dairy. But doesn’t breast milk contain similar things to dairy? Here’s a little science lesson. Casein is the main protein and milk. Cows’ milk contains the most casein, while goats milk is next, and breast milk contains the least. I believe it it is this protein that my son is sensitive to, because he was doing okay on a different milk-based formula, but then we got a different formula that contained more vitamins and also more of this protein. That’s when my son started having major problems.
So, I decided to experiment. We didn’t have any plant-based formula in the house, and it was 10:30 at night, and I don’t drive, so there was no running to the store. But we did have soy milk in the house. It’s not a great long-term solution, but for the short-term it would work. I gave my son one bottle of watered down soy milk, and the change it was amazing. He immediately quite it down and seemed so much more comfortable hear it it felt so good to be able to help him.
Ever since then, I’ve been supplementing my breast milk with watery soy milk. I have ordered some soy-based formula for him, but for now we’re going to keep giving him the soy milk. I’m just glad he’s not crying anymore or in pain.