Success! For the last three nights Erik has kept down formula! Yay! After the last formula fiasco I remembered that Carnation made formula with "comfort proteins" which turned out to mean that it was broken down so babies who had a hard time digesting formula would not have a problem. I was still hesitant to buy any, formula is expensive and it made his tummy so upset but decided to give it a whirl since I was barely making enough milk to satisfy the boy.
The first night he had a bottle at 9:30 with 2 oz formula and 4 oz breast milk. He drank 5 1/2 oz and fell asleep at about 10:30. I went to bed at 11:30 but didn't get to sleep right away, I kept listening for the sound of spitting up. Eventually I nodded off and didn't wake up til about 4 which is his usual 2nd bottle time but he was sound asleep so I went back to bed. Well, he stayed asleep until 6:30 and didn't spit up at all, not even a little bit! I was happy but cautious, I wanted to wait until he had had it a couple times before doing the happy dance of joy.
The second night he had the same mix of bottle and fell asleep about the same time. He slept soundly (so did I!) until 5:30 had another bottle (no formula) and went back to sleep until 9:30. I was ecstatic! I had gotten a total of 8 hours of sleep! I was so awake and perky I didn't know what to do with myself!
Last night he had the mixed bottle again but then did his naughty trick of being wide awake til just after midnight. I stumbled into bed at 12:30ish with a splitting headache and couldn't get into a good sleep. Erik waited until 6 for his next bottle (formula and mommy milk again) and I went back to bed after he had fallen back asleep but my head still ached terribly. I awoke at 9:30 with my head pounding but no baby crying. Erik was snoring blissfully away, he had kept his milk down after two servings of formula! Yay! If my head didn't hurt so much I would be doing the happy dance right now!
Now that the pressure is off from being the only source of food for my son I'm making lots more milk :) which Joel rolls his eyes at. Stress makes mommies dry up though as many new mommies can attest too but he still says I'm silly for being such a worry wort. Of course he's right, I do tend to worry; like daddy like daughter I guess! So now besides my headache which has managed to survive Tylenol, Motrin, 2 mountain dews, and a cup of coffee I am a very happy milk-producing mommy who is looking forward to the idea of at least 6 straight hours of glorious sleep! Thank you Carnation and the beauty of comfort proteins!