Tummy troubles- Should I switch to formula feeding?

Britani - posted on 02/02/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So, I had my third baby 1/18/14 and breastfeeding was going well until right before he hit his two week mark. He became very fussy and gassy, was spitting up more than usual and projectile vomited once. Since he was arching his back and stiffening his legs as if he was in pain, I took him to see the pediatrician. He told me to try milicon before feedings but other than that he wasn't concerned. I decided to try bottle feeding with a "breastflow" bottle (the ped. said okay to try temporarily) and he did very well for an entire day and night of feedings, and as soon as I put him on to nurse it was right back to the same symptoms, I was completely bummed! :( Since then the bottle stopped working properly so I bought a "nuk" bottle and he's ate with it once, did well. All of the symptoms are still present, I've had sleepless nights now, where before he was sleeping very well and waking every 2-3 hours with no problems at all. :( I am not sure if he has some sort of allergy or intolerance, reflux, or something else. I bought enfamil gentlease formula in case I needed to use it, but feel very confused and emotional about breastfeeding ending. I know formula can bring additional problems of its own, constipation, etc, so that has me nervous too. I just want to do whatever will help my baby feel better, whether it's breast milk or formula. Please, any advice or help is welcome!!!

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with breastfeeding problems figure out if it's a food that is making him sick. I couldn't eat ketchup since it made my daughter throw up. Experiment with your diet. My daughter had colic and reflux. She would spit up and vomit all the time until I got a med for the reflux. Colic she would cry and I found wearing her in a snuggie or walking and carrying her on my shoulder calmed her down. Experiment with your diet before doing a switch to formula, I found it took 2 days before a food I ate a lot of was out of my milk. So if you are cutting out say garlic you have to make sure its not in a dip or anything too.
If it is reflux then no food with make it better and you need to use the medicine. Once I got the reflux med which I was told to give twice daily she was a new baby in 24-48 hours. No spit up or insane crying fits. You can message me if you want. I breastfed for 18 months and over came a lot of problems we had with it.

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Britani - posted on 02/02/2014

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Is the medicine you got for reflux prescribed or otc? The doctor told me I could bring him back Monday if things didn't improve, so I have that option and discussing what my options are. Also I am wondering if it is lactose intolerance or milk protein sensitivity. My other two were both on nutramigen, my first born had every tummy problem imaginable but a terrible pediatrician that doesn't give answers to any problem, no matter how severe, and his were as severe as they come. With my second, she was only on nutramigen for a short period of time and was able to switch to enfamil infant. This baby isn't as severe as the first, but more than the second so I'm unsure of what to do! :(

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wow the message button is gone :s I don't know where it went. Maybe try to get a second opinion. Here we have walk in clinics that will look at infants and you might be able to tell a dr that you think it is reflux and talk about how many hours your child is not upset versus upset and how often the spitting up happens.

Britani - posted on 02/02/2014

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I don't know how to message you, I'm new to this! But I'm definitely interested in talking with you more and seeing if the medicine would work for him. He has all of the reflux symptoms but I thought the pediatrician would of said he thought that was it, so I didn't mention it after I listed all of his symptoms and he said all was fine. :(

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