Anne - posted on 04/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
My daughter is 19weeks old and I have breastfed her since birth. Since 8 weeks old she has had bad silent reflux. We were using ranitidine (zantac) and then when it stopped working we were put on Losec, which seemed to help for the first week. Yesterday all the old symptoms came back. I am also giving her gaviscon to thicken the milk (via syringe) and I have doubled the dose of losec as we started on the lowest dose possible. We raise the head end of her cot and sit her upright for a full 30 minutes after every feed, including at night. When she is having an 'attack' of the reflux she refuses to breastfeed, sometimes refuses a bottle of expressed milk (although not yesterday), and I worry that she isn't taking enough milk. She is putting on at least a lb a month & has enough wet & dirty nappies to satisfy me she is not in danger of becoming dehydrated but she does get hungry & still refuse the breast. She arches, cries and claws at my breast. When she is not in pain she feeds well and although she has never had a big appetite she will drain a breast in 5 minutes. I give her one feed of organic baby rice a day, and I have eliminated dairy from my diet in the hope that it will help (although I need to give it longer as I have only been off it for a week). I estimate at a feeding she's taking between 2 & 5 oz depending on the length of time. On a bad day she'll feed 6x in 24 hours (varying lengths), and on a good 9x. I don't know any other breastfeeding mums, never mind mums who are feeding a reflux baby. I feel under pressure from friends who bottle feed or have bottle fed their children. They have told me she isn't getting enough milk & about various formula milks that seemed to help their children. I do not want to stop breastfeeding her as I have been told that breastmilk is the most easily digested milk there is. To change her seems counter-productive to me, and I don't want to do it. However, maybe I'm wrong? Please advise me as best you can ladies. I am very tired now and sometimes I feel like she doesn't want to breastfeed anymore.... I don't believe it would be any better on formula but I could be wrong I guess. She feeds well at night, and seems to enjoy it then but during the day it is often a battle with her screaming and me crying. Has anyone else been through this? Should I only worry if she fails to put on weight or doesn't get enough fluids (this has not happened)? She is on the 50th centile of the WHO breastfed babies growth chart.
Thank you for your help!