Yesterday I attended a poster presentation event where multiple professors from the College of Nursing shared their research findings. One of the studies (which is still in the works) was on infants with acid reflux (GERD), the mental health of their mothers and the effects of infant massage to ease their discomfort. The study found that mothers of infants with reflux are more prone to postpartum depression and less likely to effectively bond with infants, which causes the mothers a great deal of distress. After she finished her summary I asked how she thought a lack of standard of care in medical treatment effected the outcomes of these babies. The other students started asking me questions. I explained that my daughter with reflux had done well on a trial of Nexium, but the insurance company who not pay for it unless she failed at least five other medications.
One of the other students said “That’s inhumane!”
“You know what, actually it is.”
It’s nice to have some unexpected validation for a past horrific experience. If you are a mother of an infant with reflux and you are struggling, hang in there! It gets better. And what you are going through is not a natural experience. It’s more like super mom training.