This was Farm Boy 1 not long after he came home from the hospital (he was 3 months old here and about 5 lbs). He was a GAPS baby. How do I know? Because GAPS babies live their lives something like this:
While they are getting Mommy’s breast milk, they might be mostly ok. Or, they might have:
- acid reflux
- other digestive symptoms
Farm Boy 1 had acid reflux and would vomit whenever I gave him liquid vitamins (recommended by the hospital) or his acid reflux medications. Still, he started getting a little chunky on breast milk (supplemented with formula, for calories).
One month later, look at my chunky monkey! We kept feeding him breast milk with formula until he was 7 months old and I became pregnant with Farm Boy 2. Farm Boy 1 stopped liking my milk–and I thought that pumping (he was never strong enough to nurse) was causing me to miscarry. It turns out, I miscarried Farm Boy 2’s twin early on, but not Farm Boy 2 (praise God that Farm Boy 2 made it!). Still, I quit cold turkey and put my precious baby on 100% formula. Then, he started having issues with vomiting after feedings. We did what so many well meaning parents do:
We started feeding him BABY FOOD. But not just any baby food–his doctor wanted him to gain as many calories as he could, so we gave him the Mixed kind. Oh yes, we were introducing him to multiple grains at once, including the most chelating of them all: oats! These grains weren’t prepared properly, of course, so they were doing more damage to our son than good.
Look at the ingredients in Gerber’s Mixed Cereal for Baby:
Wheat Flour, Rice Flour, Oat Flour, Tri-and Dicalcium Phosphate, Soy Oil-lecithin, Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Electrolytic Iron, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide (A B Vitamin), Riboflavin (B-2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Thiamin (Vitamin B-1), Folic Acid (A B Vitamin), and Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin).
You get the idea:
Why don’t we take all of the most common allergens, dry them, kill them, add synthetic vitamins to them, mix them up and put them in a box and call it baby food??
How much more brilliant can scientists get? Replacing God’s perfect food for baby (breast milk) with a science concoction and calling it good!
Unfortunately, we bought the lie and thought we were doing a good thing for our little guy. He started thinning out. I told his pediatrician about this, and she said that all kids start losing their baby fat at around 6 to 8 months, because they start crawling and are burning more calories. But Farm Boy 1 didn’t crawl until he was about 1. I mentioned this to her, and she did not have an answer for me.
What happened to him is what happens to most GAPS babies: when they start eating solid foods, they begin to have more digestive issues:
- food refusal
Farm Boy 1 had SEVERE constipation. We had to give him suppositories to help him pass his stools. The doctors we saw would give us help for the constipation (suppositories, Mirilax, even mineral oil), yet they would not explain to us WHY this was happening to him. “Sometimes this just happens” is not a good enough answer for a worried Mom and Dad who see their baby struggling to push out his stools. Seriously, with all of the medical knowledge out there, that was all they could give us? Geesh. I can find more information than that by researching medical studies on the internet! More doctors need to do their homework! Severe constipation or diarrhea are not “normal,” don’t “just happen,” and the underlying issues will not be solved with medications.
The problem was…
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This kid had GAPS! And Dr. Natasha says, 100% of the time, when a kid has GAPS, so does 1 of the parents (hello, that’s ME! I was a GAPS baby too! I was a projectile vomiter! Totally GAPS!). None of his doctors asked us if we had the same issues. None of his doctors, once, mentioned that his gut flora could be unhealthy or that his gut flora made up 90% of his immune system. We were giving him monthly synagis shots to prevent him from getting RSV. What he needed was a teaspoon of sauerkraut juice every day and a good strength pro-biotic!! (And no more starches or grains!).
GAPS babies and toddlers may have:
- excessive gas
- white stool
- undigested food in stool
- very smelly stool
- liquid stool
- floating stool (if they’re using the toilet)
- diarrhea and constipation that alternates
“limiting their diet to a handful of foods, usually starcy and sweet: breakfast cereals, crisps, chips, popcorn, cakes, biscuits, sweets, bananas, bread, rice, sweet yogurts.” –Dr. Natasha, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, page 9