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Old 08-14-2011, 11:57 AM   #1
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Need acid reflux/feeding schedule advice!

My dd is 12 wks and has had reflux since birth. She is ebf and thriving, 97%tile or off the chart. But she is constantly woke up by burping/choking and isn't able to nap hardly at all during the day, and has a very hard time initially going to sleep at night. it takes between 1 and 2 hours to get her down for the night. Once she is finally down, she sleeps anywhere from 8-12 hours, waking for a feeding or two after 4-8 hours. I want to have structure to her schedule which currently has none. She may be up for the day at 7am or 10am, very unpredictable. her first 4 weeks I kept track of every feeding and became extremely frustrated that we weren't becoming consistent so I quit focusing on that and just fed on demand. now she won't even try to sleep without nursing to sleep even if she just ate an hour ago. I want to break that dependency, and have her able to be awake for awhile after a feeding since laying her down with a full stomach creates tons of gas and reflux. Any help?

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Old 08-14-2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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Re: Need acid reflux/feeding schedule advice!

There are hormones released during breastfeeding that induces sleep in babies.... Its hard to go against that, just because it is so natural. My friend that has a baby with GERD says the specialist she went to suggested smaller, more frequent meals. She said it really made a difference... I don't know. I hope that helps. I know it must be frustrating and hard to watch your baby have such a difficult time.

Sometimes if our LO isn't hungry, just tired and won't eat, I can lay him down on his tummy and pat his bottom. I count to 200 and usually he's asleep. Either it works or it doesn't, though. Another one that works 80% of the time is putting him in the BOBA and gentle bouncing him. He usually falls asleep within 10 minutes or less. But really, we nurse to sleep about 90% of the time... it just works.
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Re: Need acid reflux/feeding schedule advice!

I second the smaller more frequent meals thing--it's really made a difference with both of my LOs and their reflux. During the day I keep DD2 upright after a feed by popping her in a ring sling where she conks out and then I can lay her down after her food has settled a bit. At night, I have a wedge pillow in the middle of our bed that she sleeps on; however, she hasn't needed it much lately because although she's up every 2ish hours to eat, she doesn't eat very much, meaning that there's less to reflux. It's inconvenient for sleeping but much happier for her poor tummy/throat. Also keep in mind that it's common for BF'd babies not to have a set schedule because of fact that BM digests more quickly than formula and therefore they need to eat more often. Ditto with what Amber said about milk putting them to sleep, too.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:34 PM   #4
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How small and how frequent of meals? I am nursing 9-11x in a 24 hr period, only one side at a time for 10-15 min. She used to quit on her own at 8 min but the last few weeks she'll go as long as I let her so I have to stop her. Any earlier than 10 min and she is still hungry. Anything past 15 and she'll fall asleep, but won't burp for about 30 min, if at all. If all of this is right, and the most I can do for her, then fine. I just always feel like I'm not doing enough. she wears a hazelwood necklace, sleeps on an incline, hardly ever is put flat on her back and we give her gripe water every day. When she refluxes it sounds like she is drowning.
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