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Thread: Becoming despondent with b/f a reflux baby

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    Aussie_Chik Guest

    Default Becoming despondent with b/f a reflux baby

    I am becoming increasingly despondent about b/f my reflux baby, for numerous reasons. I become quite distressed at the amount he brings back up soemtimes, i can't believe he managed to keep anything down at all and worry about his weight gain as I don't know how much he is getting. Also, how can I b/f out in public when he sometimes throws up while on the breast and also squirms a lot when it's coming back up while feeding, plus when he projectile vomits it would be quite distressing and embarassing. I feel captive in my own home and also concerned as his weight gain has been slow.

    Any reassurances out there from mums in similar predicaments? Or did anyone change to bottle feeding as a result - whether expressed or formula? I really need to hear from others in this same position. 8-[

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    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW


    HUGE HUGS. I bf'd Matilda for 4 months and then weaned to the bottle, because it was so hard. She did have silent reflux but would vomit depending on things, and would mostly scream heaps after a bf, with projectiles too. I would be so horrified, but I really wound up going places that I was okay with bf'ing. Our shops nearby have heaps of parents rooms where I'd bf not because I was worried about anyone seeing my bb's but because of the after effect, and I would always bring an extra top for me too. And two cloth nappies to try and catch vomit. With her screaming every feed, I would just sit in the parents room for 10 minutes to help her settle. Sometimes I spent more time in the parents room than shopping, but that was okay because I was out of the house.

    Around 6 weeks we started giving Matilda a comp bottle at night of a special formula for reflux bubs so I could have a few hours to rest at night as she was still feeding every 2 hours. With the comp bottle I would express just as she was about to feed and then go to sleep & usually have 4 hours off. Which was lovely. I decided then that if we were going out for longer periods we would take a bottle with us & formula and I would express a bit off in the loo after feeding her so I wouldn't burst.

    Its really hard to bf a reflux baby because you want the best for them & sometimes they respond so much better to formula than to BM. I did do half and half for 6 weeks. And really enjoyed that. There is another alternative and that is EBM with a thickener. You can buy karicare thickener which you add to BM for reflux bubs, thats an option as well.

    I guess we did change to bottle feeding as a result of reflux, as I was planning on bf for 2 years. So 4 1/2 months is nowhere near what we wanted. But in the end, I miss bf but both of us became much happier. And if I had continued to bf by 9 months Matilda grew out of it anyway... we could have kept going, but its hard when every bf affected her so badly and with the bottle she was 80% better. Feel free to ask anything I'm happy to share my experiences.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2004


    I can't help you on the bf issue because my milk didn't come in properly, so Alexzander was ff from day three.

    His weight gain has still been slow even on the formula, so changing to formula isn't a guarantee that Tommy will put on more weight. The thing is that you can see how much he has had in the first place.

    I try to go out when Zander won't need a bottle, but he is still throwing up up to 3-4hrs after a feed, so I'm not really sure of anything! I just make sure he always has a bib on & we have spares in his nappy bag. It is still embarrassing cos people always look, but hey there's nothing I can do about it.

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