Baby Isaiah’s troubles began on day one. In a desperate search for answers, Isaiah’s mom, Kristy, began researching the healing benefits of human breastmilk. Here is her story.
Isaiah came into the world not breathing. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he was blue. Revived with tactile stimulation, his troubles were not over. Isaiah was screaming all the time and in horrible pain. With his back arched and fists clenched, he began to spit up every meal with episodes of choking and hiccups.
Isaiah would never sleep for more than a couple of minutes at a time before screaming again. His episodes of not breathing continued. Before he left the hospital, he was diagnosed with GERD, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease. However, I knew this was more than GERD.
Isaiah had been on breastmilk supplemented with formula for the first 3 weeks, but the problems continued. Isaiah was admitted back to the hospital where we were told he had colic and I wasn’t feeding him enough. As his condition worsened, he would spit up everything he ate, and began losing weight. From 2 to 4 months, Isaiah only gained 4 ounces.
In a desperate journey to stop Isaiah’s pain, we had multiple pediatric, children’s hospital and emergency room visits, in addition to GI, chiropractic and ENT appointments. We tried numerous medications such as Zantac, Prilosec, gas drops, Tylenol, allergy medication and probiotics.
I kept researching and trying different medications, bottles, doctors and formulas. He even had an upper GI with barium swallow, ultrasound with glucose swallow, allergy tests and blood work . . . all with inconclusive results.
I just wanted to know what was wrong with my baby. Through Facebook and moms groups, I determined he had a posterior tongue and upper lip tie, which required surgery. The revision brought some gas relief but he was still spitting up.
After researching milk banks through the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), I chose Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas and obtained a prescription from Isaiah’s doctor for donor milk. Isaiah guzzled his first bottle, with very little spit up and actually started to laugh and play. I was so happy and thankful he was not in pain!
Now, there is no more screaming, pain, spitting up, fist clenching or breathing problems. Isaiah gained 3 pounds and 7 ounces within 6 weeks of donor breastmilk. At 5 months, he is 17 pounds, 12 ounces. He is a happy and healthy little boy who will continue to get his liquid gold!
Kristy, Dennis, Malachi & Isaiah
For more information about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas or about becoming a donor, please visit our website.