and nothing gets me there faster than a baby who won’t do the one thing that is his only job while being a baby – eat! It’s a standard question during postpartum check ups with our patients “how often does the baby eat?” or “how long does the baby eat for?” The first day I checked up on baby Elijah his mom said he cried a lot, but wouldn’t eat for very long. I encouraged her to keep trying, some babies just take awhile to figure it out. We tried some different techniques and I was so happy how she responded, listened well and was willing to try new things. I figured it was only a matter of a little practice. Yesterday I saw Elijah and his mom again, and in response to my questions she looked downcast and said she had been expressing milk to feed Elijah by bottle. My heart drooped a little in my chest, but only a little, because she was being honest and also she hadn’t resorted to formula, which is very common here. Again we tried together to get Elijah to eat, but he insisted on wailing and screaming, never stopping to eat for very long. Once again I gave what I hoped were some helpful things to try, promising to text to see how it was going. I hope to see both again on Saturday and really would appreciate prayer for Elijah and his mom. Prayer that she doesn’t give up, prayer for Elijah that he learns to eat well so he can grow, and prayer that on Saturday I will have a lot of time to spend with them both to make sure they are doing ok.