Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Addams Family

This position is magic for a sour tummy

As you know, we have a volcano baby. Her acid reflux is getting a bit better though…or maybe our methods of handling it just got better. If your baby is a volcano baby (overflows with barf at least once a day, not including spit-up), here are some things that have helped us:

1) Addison was put on Zantac, but it didn’t seem to work. We went to the doctor and they came up with the idea that she needed her dose increased. This is working great so far. It doesn’t help so much with the spit-up as much as her discomfort from it.

2) I breastfeed, so when I do so I make sure to keep her feet angled lower than her head so she can swallow easier and allow for less air to go through.

3) I keep her elevated at least 30 minutes after a feeding. (Sounds crazy I know, but whatever works right?)

4) I give her to daddy to get burped. He’s great at getting those stubborn bubbles out. It’s hard to explain, but he puts one hand on her butt and the other holds her little face and he bounces her up and own while humming the Addams Family theme song. It’s hilarious. It helps float the air bubbles up so we can burp her easier.

5) When her belly hurts her I turn her on her belly, hold her body on my forearm and her head in my hand (kind of like a football hold on her tummy) and bounce her a little bit while walking around. Works every time.

Acid reflux can be scary and stressful sometimes, but I found that if I panic so does she. So just relax and, if you have to, call your baby’s doctor to see if they can suggest anything else. Hope this helps!

Did you have any methods to helping your baby overcome his/her reflux symptoms?

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One Comment on “Addams Family”

  • Jessica Brown Jessica Brown May 24th, 2011 11:28 am

    Wow, I didn’t try the belly football hold and walk and bounce move! If it works for you it may work for me, too! Love the addams family theme song method lol Whatever works!

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