That was the word that kept running through my head last night at work...YUCK!
For those of you who don't know, I am a Registered Nurse and work in the Newborn Nursery of my hospital. Most of the time, I enjoy my job but last night truly tested my patience.
First, a little background...our hospital's main population of patients consists of low-income, minimally educated, unmarried women. That's not our only type of patient but it's the vast majority (in the women's center, anway). These women, and sometimes young girls, usually choose the state's Medicaid program as their insurance. This, then, usually means that the mom will rely on the WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) Program to help provide for their babies. Well, beginning on October 1st, the WIC program changed the formula it provides from Similac Advanced to Enfamil Lipil. As we all know, everything usually comes down to the money issue, and Enfamil just so happened to have the best bid this time around (I suppose). We knew this change was coming a couple of months in advance and we were all dreading it. Now, I have nothing against formula feeding if that's what the mother chooses to do, but it's been my experience that most babies do not tolerate Lipil very well and end up spitting up lots of formula.
That's exactly what happened last night. I was taking care of 5 babies, 4 of whom were on Enfamil Lipil. 3 out of 4 of those Lipil babies kept spitting up LARGE amounts of formula all night long!! I had to change their blankets and t-shirts I don't know how many times! And, that's pretty bad because I'm a little OCD and I like my babies to look nice and neat in their little cribs. I ALWAYS wrap them in their blankets snugly and tuck a burp cloth under their chin & cheeks so that they don't get their blankets dirty if they spit up. Well, they were spitting up such large amounts that it soaked through the burp cloth and ran off the sides! GROSS!!
Like I said, I have nothing against formula feeding but I do prefer Similac products over Enfamil. The babies just seem to hold it down better. This is all just my opinion, of course, so if you love Enfamil, please forgive me. These are just the rantings of a nursery nurse who will go to bed in a little while with the lingering scent of baby spit-up in her nostrils. And she's not particularly happy about it!
Whew! Thanks for letting me spill my guts, y'all (no pun intended) (ok, actually it was intended)!
Ha Ha, lots of love to you all! Have a wonderful day!