Girls won't eat

User - posted on 02/16/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My girls are 12 lbs. and are 4 ½ months old (born 6 weeks early). In December they started to refuse to eat. We tried every type of bottles and nipple flows before going back to Dr. Brown’s. They were on Neosure, then Similac Sensitive, Similac Soy (horrible!), and now on Alimentum and breastmilk (I’ve cut dairy and soy). We use Little Tummys Gas Drops with every bottle and get really good burps with each feeding. We do bicycle legs for gas during each activity. While still on Similac Sensitive they got put on Zantac for silent acid reflux. In January they got put on Prevacid and now they are on both. All the while we have a few good days where they eat 4 3-4 ounces every 3 to 3 ½ hours while a 5-6 hour stent in the night. They sleep from 7-8 pm (if we don’t encounter the witching hours) until 5-6 am. We do sleep feeds at about 9pm and midnight. During these sleep feeds they can almost take 5 ounces, but usually 4 without any refusal. Usually after waking in the morning after not having eaten in 5-6 hours they do not want to eat. I will have to wait until after activity to rock them to calm them down to eat. I have to do this a lot. It’s the only time they will eat. I’ve tried just letting them go without eating to see if they will just get hungry enough and it just gets worse. I’ve tried getting them early from a nap when they are still sleepy and that only works once in a while. Then they start to wake up and realize they are eating and refuse to eat. And this is not good either because their nap gets interrupted. I have used Colic Calm and that can help sometimes. We went to a gastroentologist to find out they are fussy eaters and that maybe from their NICU tube feeds they didn’t have a good start on learning to eat. I was breastfeeding in the NICU and at home with Neosure supplement, but they were taking 45 minutes to eat and then not getting enough. So, I just pumped for them and still do. Our pediatrition just says let them eat just one ounce if that’s all they will take. I’ve done that a lot and they don’t nap well and when they don’t nap well they don’t eat well either and the nightly witching hour commences. I’m blessed to have two little night time sleepers. I’m a hyper-sensitive mom due to my journey to get these girls here. During my pregnancy they had TTTS (in utero laser surgery corrected at 17 weeks) and PROM at 26 weeks. I was on bed rest since 16 weeks then hospital bed rest at 26 until 34 weeks (delivery) and they were in the NICU for 3 weeks (tube feed for more than 2 weeks). I don’t think I would be able to handle to see them failure to thrive because they don’t like to eat. I think I’ve tried everything?? Any suggestions?

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Lindsey - posted on 02/23/2012

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I went thru this with my daughter and son. They were also 6 weeks early and spent 2 weeks in the NICU due to my son having a low heart beat. Ally would not eat for a while, and we also tried every nipple and bottle under the sun. The doc also gave zantac for reflux. She would eat off of a bottle for a while then go back to the not eating again. After about a month of this, she started eating regularly again. Don't worry about it, although I know you will and do. Your kiddos seem to be on track with weight so you just have to wait it out. Ally started eating normally again around 5 1/2 months and they are perfect. It's just a "phase" as they say. Good luck mama, lemme know how this goes.

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