Posted by: mamaamy | March 13, 2008

Suggestions On Reflux in Babies

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Hey C,

It was nice to “meet” you today on the phone. I am sorry that M is having a difficult time and I really hope that healing is soon to come. You did the right thing to question the system and seek alternatives for your child. I really believe that there are natural options if we are willing to seek them out.

Here are the names of the 2 pregnancy books that I mentioned:

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun Weed
Healing Yourself During Pregnancy by Joy Gardner

The other remedies I mentioned were:

Calms Forte–definitely crush this and swipe into his mouth–tablet could choke
Bach Rescue Remedy–use only a couple of drops on soft tissues, wrist or lips

Just a recap:

Try giving a bit of calms or rescue remedy 30 min. before feeding, then try goat milk, organic if possible, for a couple of feedings. If it is calming and he takes it well, then use as formula with a bit of barley grass powder added for fiber. You may then also want to try adding a liquid vitamin supplement for babies but be sure that you try one addition at a time so that you can keep an eye on what he may not be able to tolerate. If goat milk doesn’t work then he is likely lactose (dairy) intolerant so I would eliminate all dairy in any form (formula with dairy) and supplement with rice milk until I found a lactose free formula.

I will try to see what I can find on healthy formula and let you know.

I would also recommend carrying him like a papoose for as many hours a day as you can…remembering that he doesn’t realize he is his own entity and still needs that mama connection.

The Family Bed by Thevenin is a great book if you want to read more about the subject.

Hope this works.
Amy Cowart (aka. Mama Amy)

As I searched about formula, I got the usual medical stuff, so I went to some of the sites that I know are natural health oriented and I got confirmation that goat milk is a good alternative to breast milk and formula. Also they recommended making nutritious broths with veggies. See below. If you can get a veggie juicer and begin giving diluted (with water) veggie juice –that would help give lots of nutrition and variety when alternated with the goat milk. The point is to give him the best, well-rounded nutrition in a more natural form than the synthetic formula. Also I wanted to mention that there is a big caution about soy right now…so please don’t give soy formula…research is still being done, and so far it’s not favoring soy as a major source of protein in any diet. The other caution I would give is on fruit juice. It is very high in sugar and unless it is fresh squeezed the benefits do not out weigh the negatives.

I found this on the forum at

(This website sells a great vitamin supplement for mothers that I use called Supermom tablets:)

Calcium-Rich Broth

1 qt. cold water
2 broccoli branches, washed and cut into 1⁄4 in rounds
1/2 c. collard or dandelion greens, rinsed well and roughly chopped
1/2 c. kale, well-rinsed and roughly chopped
3 carrots, scrubbed, trimmed, and cut into 1⁄4 in. rounds

Place water in medium-sized pot with a close fitting lid. Add all veggies. Cover tightly (for better nutrient retention) and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat until broth simmers and continue cooking for 1 hour. Strain liquid, discard veggies (I sometimes puree them for Josiah knowing they are lower in nutrients). Serve broth or cool in a baby bottle or cup. Leftovers freeze well in ice cube trays. Plunk a broth cube into child’s favorite diluted juice to fortify with iron.

Makes about 3 cups.


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