Are there any tips to help bf'ing a reflux baby? Peanut has spit up numerous times while latched on, enough to where my shirt is soaked :( I doubt it's an overactive letdown as I have a low supply. I have to work for every ml, when I was EP'ing there wasn't enough and we had to supplement in the NICU. Now that we're home and EBF'ing, Noelle has been gaining ok despite the spit-up (I have a scale and she gains consistently 15-25 grams a day). I'm worried that the only option is going to be to pump & thicken, if I have to go back to EP'ing then my breastfeeding days will be numbered as I just can't pump well at all :(
09-21-2010, 07:13 PM
Hey mama, I have a reflux baby but he is just a happy spitter. When he was a newbie he would often spit up while nursing. I would sit him up get it out and when he was ready nurse again. The doc said as long as it wasn't hurting him and he was gaining which he ws then it was okay!
09-21-2010, 07:14 PM
By the way I love Noelle's name and her birthday. Noelle was on my girl list and her birthday is the same as mine!
09-21-2010, 07:17 PM
We did a lot of positional stuff. Instead of nursing her on the boppy laying flat stomach to stomach with me, I'd make a hole between me and the boppy and kind of put her body in the hole so she was sort of sitting up while nursing. Also, keeping her upright for at least 30 minutes after eating, and she slept with a wedge under her mattress and a positioner (to keep her from rolling down) which helped the congestion and stuff. We ended up doing all that and it did help some, but ultimately she got on medication (she wasn't a spitter upper, just crying and miserable all the time).
09-22-2010, 01:11 AM
Oh mama I feel ya! My daughter was like that eventually we had to get her on medication bc she was always in pain. I did notice if I really watched my diet it helped some.. espically anything with a hint of spice or tomato related I had to stay far away from. Also making sure she was upright after feedings and i'd try and get her at an upright angle while feeling too. We also put bricks under the legs of her crib on oneside to keep her elevated. Nothing truly helped until about 6 months and starting the solids really helped hold things down. But they eventually do grow out of it.. now that shes two we just get some nasty smelling burps!!
09-22-2010, 04:28 PM
Tay had severe reflux like he was also gaining slowly and ended up on prevacid. If she seems happy and is gaining fine i wouldnt worry about it :) I def wouldnt pump and thicken if its just spit up.
09-22-2010, 10:15 PM
This happened with my DS and doc put him on meds @ 2 mo and I had to pump and thicken.
This also happened with my DD...however we never put her on meds and I never pumped and thickened (new and improved dr!). What I did do was cut out caffeine and dairy from my diet (took some experimenting and A LOT of patience to figure out what bothered her the most). Now she is 4 mo old and never screams at the breast, but it was rough, rough, rough for awhile there. I would just hold and love her when she was screaming then put her back on to nurse...repeat x 1,000!!