Special need, special formula

Mason is a giggling, bright-eyed, 5-month old. As the youngest of six, he looks up to his sister and four older brothers. Soon he will be strong enough to crawl and then walk just like the big kids. But for now, he needs a little bit of help.

Unfortunately, little Mason has been described by his doctors as failure to thrive. That means that despite his mother Julie’s attempts to breastfeed, his rate of weight gain is significantly below that of other infant boys his age. He has struggled with gastrointestinal issues that have made it difficult for him to digest breast milk and certain types of formulas.

In an effort to determine exactly which formula is right for him, Mason has almost tasted more formulas that the fingers on one small hand: Gerber GoodStart Gentle, Gerber GoodStart Soy, Enfamil Pregestimil and Similac Expert Care Alimentum.

Julie and her husband don’t have any family in the area. Her husband works and they receive assistance from WIC, but it never seems to stretch far enough.

So what’s a mother to do?

Fortunately, Julie turned to Infant Crisis Services for help. Thanks to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Opportunities for iFund Grant, Infant Crisis Services offers specialized formula, including Enfamil Nutramigen with Enflora LGG Infant Formula – the formula that Mason digests with ease.

Julie and her kids squeezed in an appointment in the middle of their busy schedule which includes school drop offs and pickups for the older children and meetings with doctors, specialists and nutritionists for Spencer, 3, and Dylan, 1, who also have been described as failure to thrive.

“It’s a blessing. Infant Crisis Services is the answer to our prayers,” said Julie, who couldn’t believe our agency stocked Nutramigen just for needy babies like Mason. “It is very difficult to provide for kids with special needs.”

We are grateful to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for the Opportunities for Children iFund grant. Mason is just one of the needy babies we feed and diaper thanks to our partnership with you. Together, we are improving the quality of life for Mason and other now and for generations to come.

 

-Courtney Mayberry, Communications Coordinator

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Aubry Gragg wrote:
This is so wonderful. We found out recently that our son needed to be on special formula also. We were shocked at the price of the formula and then immediately we thought “what if we couldn't afford this?” We were worried for mothers and families that cannot afford the special formula their babies so desperately need. It is so scary. Thank you Oklahoma City Community and Infant Crisis Services for helping those babies with special needs. Bless You!

Fri, March 9, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

2. Courtney wrote:
Aubry, thank you for reading our blog. Indeed, the prices of specialty formulas can really astonish -- particularly because babies *need* them. There's simply no other option. We are more than grateful to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for their support of our program through the Opportunities for Children iFund grant. We couldn't do what we love (feed babies and toddlers) without them!

Fri, March 9, 2012 @ 2:06 PM

3. Julia wrote:
Is your tap water safe to drink? do you drink it straight from the tap? If yes then there is no reaosn not to use it for your baby. In the UK it is advised to boil all water before giving to a baby under 6 months (personally just good practice), and to always use hot boiled water when making formula (but this is due to the potential of contaminants in the formula no the water).Using special water sounds like a bit of a way to get more money from the consumer to me.

Mon, May 28, 2012 @ 4:51 PM

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