28 March 2013

G-tube good food


That moment when Liam does something new and the therapist gets excited about it and I feel guilty because they don't know we did stem cells. =)

I'm trying to get my hiney in gear and get Liam off of his formula. It's Nestle Compleat. I have been thankful for it these past two years but the past few months it has really started to concern me. For several reasons I don't think it's wise to continue Liam on it.

  1. Our diet is not meant to be the same food day in and day out.
  2. The second ingredient is corn syrup. Eww.
  3. Transitioning to home made foods can decrease vomiting and reflux.
  4. It's healthier.
  5. I feel compelled to provide nutritious food for Liam like I do my other kids even though he doesn't eat completely orally. And now feel guilt that I haven't changed it before now.
I just can't imagine eating the same food day in and day out and how I would feel. I would think my body would be sluggish and aching for something new.  I asked Liam's ped what she thought about the second ingredient being corn syrup. She didn't think it was an issue and said it was no different than having a corn based diet. I don't think anyone eats that much corn based products. And knowing that a large protion of the corn grown in the US is gmo, it makes me uneasy about the corn syrup. The first ingredient is water, the second is corn syrup. So, out of the 40 ounces of food he gets each day, the percentage of corn syrup is pretty high. A friend of mine has their little one see a chiropractor regularly. She said the chiro knows when her daughter has had a soda. I don't know how that chiro can tell, but it got me to thinking about just one soda and it's obvious for her what it's like for Liam getting a diet of mostly corn syrup.

I have heard from other parents who had kids that vomited frequently and/or had reflux see a large decrease in those issues once the diet was switched off of commercially produced formula. Even if that was the only benefit it would be worth it to switch Liam. His reflux has gotten better and his vomiting is in smaller amounts as of late, but sometimes he cycles like this so I don't know if this is a permanent change or we will have the reflux monster show up in the morning. But, getting him on natural, healthy foods where I can add supplements for digestion have to be better than what we are doing now.

While the formula has been great for us for convenience and has been touted as a great formula for Liam, I think we are finally at the place and time where it needs to go.

I'm praying we will be able transition smoothly and make this a positive, much needed change for his diet. Cuz, I don't need more mom guilt!

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