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Those of you who read this blog know that I have three boys. My oldest two are 20 and 18. As they leave me for their next chapters, I am so unbelievably grateful for this sweet little one who, in his own words, “never wants to grow up and leave his mama”. It’s all lies. I know this because the other ones said it too.
Each of my boys were very different babies. Keenan was very serious. A studier of the world around him. He loved all vegetables and had to be force fed fruit. He was never a fan of nursing and after struggling for six weeks, I made the decision to put him on formula. He loved it, he thrived, he slept. We were both happier.
Noah arrived a jovial little pile of pudding. Life wasn’t meant to be studied it was meant to be enjoyed. You learned when you laughed. He loved every fruit you fed him and had to be force fed vegetables. He nursed for 14 long months, slept only if next to me and he also thrived. We were both happy.
Nine years after Noah was born, along came Colton. He chose Christmas Eve to make his grand entrance on the stage of life, much to the older boys chagrin. It couldn’t have been a more telling entrance. This kid demands your attention and knows no greater place in the world than center stage, microphone in hand, all eyes on him. He despised all fruits…and vegetables. Colton taught me the art of sneaky feeding. I am a master of food masking. Nursing, like with Keenan, wasn’t our strength and after six weeks we switched to formula.
Days after bringing him home he started crying. And crying. And crying. His stomach seemed to be constantly upset. He was occasionally constipated and gassy. I spoke with my doctor over and over and kept getting the same advice. Change my diet, try a little prune juice for him, warm cloth on his belly. When we switched to formula I got all the same advice and then they added “change his formula” to the list. I tried everything. Colton would go two to three days without pooping and then on the big day, after hours of crying, would finally go to the bathroom screaming the entire time in pain. Rinse and repeat.
As his first year went on it only got worse. The same process kept repeating itself only his bowel movements got larger and hurt more and began to cause his little bottom to bleed. He would cry the second his body signaled him that he had to go the bathroom because he knew the pain that was coming his way. I would cry and hold his hand until the painful dirty deed was finally over with and then we would cling to each other after traumatized by the whole event.
We would enjoy two or three more blissful days without pain and then bam it was time to go to the bathroom again. The tears and torture would begin all over. Sometimes it would last for hours. He was so terrified of the pain he knew was coming his way, he would hold it in as long as possible exacerbating the situation.
It was a terrible time and one I put in the “to be forgotten” file buried far in the back of my brain. He ultimately grew out of this terrible phase and is now a happy and wonderful child. I will always be scarred by it.
When I heard about the Enfamil Reguline formula, I had two simultaneous thoughts. The first was sadness that it wasn’t around for Colton when he was going through such a painful time. The second, was elation that other moms and their babies would be spared our experience. What a joy it is to know I can share this product with all of you. Watching your baby in pain and scared, over and over again, is something I don’t want any other mothers to go through.
Enfamil Reguline is designed to help support digestive health and to promote soft stools. It has two prebiotics in it’s makeup that have been clinically proven in published studies in Enfamil Infant formula to soften stools.
Here’s to soft stools. Something I never thought I would feel so passionate about.