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Oct 17, 2008
Does anyone else have a great gainer (very large reflux baby)?
It seems like most of the posts that I see on here are of kids who don't eat well/gain well. I'm wondering if there are any kids on the other end of the spectrum. Maia fit into this category of reflux baby, and now my newborn is on the same track it seems unless we can get her reflux under control. I have exclusively breastfed both babies. Maia nursed until 26 months and this one will nurse until at least age 2 in the vain hope that it will help their gastro problems. Anyways, as I understand it, both of them nurse constantly to deal with the reflux pain. Of course, both of them spit up/projectile all the day and night too. I honestly have no idea how either of them kept down enough to gain so quickly. Maia got so large that she missed nearly all of her physical milestones in the first year. I don't want my newborn to go down the same path, but it's starting to look inevitable :( Anyone else in the same boat? Any advice?
Oct 17, 2008
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
emily was a great gainer from 1- 4 months b/c she comfort fed. She was breastfed from birth to 5 months. she started loosing around 4 months when she stopped eating and did not gain until 6.5 months when we switched to nutramigen. Even though she hardly ate more then 20oz a day she was a great gainer. She is still a great gainer even though she still struggles with reflux. She is and was more of a silent refluxer then a spitter. I am not sure what advice i could give you, but maybe you could ask your dr if you can try some mylanta if you know she is comfort feeding. Do you have her on any reflux meds? do you keep her upright at all times, even sleeping?
Oct 17, 2008
She is definitely comfort feeding. My toddler was even more of a comfort feeder than this baby is. It's so crazy. They eat until they projectile from being overfully because eating makes them feel better :( I kept the baby upright even when sleeping until this past weekend. She now wants to sleep in a bed w/o any sort of incline and will fuss until I let her. She does better at night reflux-wise, though, so I am OK with this. During the day I keep her upright 100% of the time, even while asleep. She is either on me in an upright carrier or in the bouncy or swing.
Oct 17, 2008
I am Jacky, mommy to Joslyn Olivia (April 2008) and Katelyn Isabel (November 2009).
Joslyn was dx'ed with Silent Reflux with breath apnea at 5 days old. VERY SCARY!
Katelyn is a spitter reflux baby. Started at 3 days old as well. (Both were/are breast fed.. symptoms came on when my milk came in).
Joslyn has been reflux free since she was 12 months (suffered poor weight gain for a few months) and Katelyn is now on Zantac... waiting to see if it works.
I am no help here. But my sis in law has a 11 month old former reflux spitter. He never had any pain and would spit up A LOT! he was formula fed and he is a big baby. But she is a big girl! All of her babies are big
Oct 17, 2008
Renee, mother to Nicholas, born 4/18/08 with silent reflux, moderate laryngomalacia, Sandifer's Syndrome& suspected MSPI. On Neocate, Simply Thick and Prevacid. Also mother to Nathan, born 12/06/06, who had mild reflux the first few months.
My silent refluxer is a chunkster also, though it doesn't seem to be keeping him from reaching milestones. He seems to be freakishly strong. Was in utero too! I think, he too, at least in the beginning, ate to soothe himself. We also thickened with rice cereal for some time and he packed on some pounds them. We have since switched to thickening with simply thick, which has no calories, and the weight gain seems to have slowed some. I wouldn't worry to much, physically, they will catch up eventually. I think whatever they need to do now to help the pain is ok (I am not a doctor though). We did use the mylanta and do still try to keep him upright for an hour after feeds. I kept him in a carrier for most of the day until he was 3 months old.
Oct 17, 2008
maia m - GERD. Nissen Fundoplication w/hiatal hernia repair.
Mom to
Son (10) GERD(aspiration pneumonias, apnea, tracheomalacia), Food allergy, Asthma
Daughter (6) GERD, Heart Murmur, Food Allergy, Asthma, Mold allergy
My son nursed for comfort, and was 20# by the time he was 4mo old.
Oct 17, 2008
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
not us here. mine is a refuser. refused breast, refused bottle, refused solid foods, now refusing to eat again...there are a few comfort feeders on here though.

can you maybe try giving a pacifier in place of some nursing sessions? as long as the baby continues to grow well. .. mine loved his pacifier until 4 mo. and now sucks his fingers all the time. sucking really, really helps with reflus.

how old is your new one now?
Oct 17, 2008
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Hi there! Sebastian was born at 7 lbs, 7 oz, and he was 27 pounds at his 12-month check-up (he is also very tall - measured at 33.5 inches yesterday). He gained right from the start...once he gained 10 ounces between Friday afternoon and Monday morning (we used to go to the ped a LOT in the beginning). And that was when I was nursing him! (that lasted three weeks). Sebastian never missed any milestones...if anything, he hit them WAY early (so that might not be the reason kids hit milestones later. They might just not be ready! My brother's twin daughters are way smaller than Sebastian, and they are doing things later than he did them. I think it just depends on the baby. I say if your baby is eating, let 'em eat!
Oct 18, 2008
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
I have a comfort nurser, who is still comfort nursing at 18 months. Early on he gained weight quite rapidly, and it didn't look like we would ever have to worry about his size. As he has moved into toddlerhood, however, and has been disinclined to eat most solids (until recently), the nursing was just not enough to keep his weight up.

Comfort nursing was a real problem, in some ways, for him early on because he would fill his stomach so full with milk that the pressure would cause even greater reflux problems. So I did two things to alleviate that. 1) I breastfed from one side only at each feeding, sometimes even from the same side for several feedings, so that he would get both the fore and hind milk, but would also reach a point where the breast was slowing down on production and he was getting a bit less from it, and 2) I offered a pacifier dipped in Gripe Water when I felt fairly certain that his stomach was full but he was wanting to suck more.

There is a great deal of evidence that suggests that the act of sucking, and particularly sucking on something sweet (like breastmilk, or Gripe Water, for example) actually reduces pain on a physical level. So, personally, I felt like I needed to provide a specific alternative to my son when I kept the breast from him.

Oct 19, 2008
I'm going to try the pacifier dipped in gripe water tonight when she is nursing so much that she makes herself projectile. I do the same thing with nursing on one side for extended periods. It does help, but it's not a guarantee that she won't fill up so much that the pressure causes her to projectile. Maia did the exact same thing, but breastmilk was enough to keep her huge through her second birthday. She didn't really get into solids until she was on Prevacid for the second time right before her second birthday. She was 32 lbs at her 12 month check-up, and she's 32.5 lbs now right before her 3rd birthday. She has grown much taller and isn't a butterball anymore, but I'd love to spare my second child the experience of being too fat to move.
Oct 19, 2008
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Allie never lost weight either - she ate everything we gave her, though did not puke much until about 3 months. Then the volcano let loose. Allie's not big by any stretch (19 lbs and 27" at her one year) but she's always gained everything steadily and all physical milestones were either WAY early or on target.

Sometimes the kids are just big or little, depending on genetics, and they'll hit their milestones when they're ready to hit worries mama!

Oct 19, 2008
Mom to Ian, 3/1/07
Used Zantac - 1.0 ml twice a day
Weaned at 1 year
Back on Zantac at 15 months
My guy was an eater to pacify the silent reflux. He did crawl a little late, but he walked right at 1 year. I think he wasn't comfortable on the tummy. We used the boppy to encourage "tummy time" at an incline. He was 95th % at 4 months, 75% at 6 months and has stayed right around there. (He has a large melon, too, which didn't help the crawling). He's 19 months and is slimming down now and becoming quite picky about what he eats. :-)
Oct 20, 2008
amber f
We just brought Nolan in for his 12 month and he is 28.04lbs. He was always bigger. Comfort feeding. He also slept great at night. He hit all his milestones earlier then my older two. I thought it was weight that holds them back but I have a 9 month old in my daycare who isn't crawling yet is really small so I think it is when they are ready too like Melissa said. I was always relieved that he was gaining. One less thing to obsess abt.
Oct 21, 2008
evan's dad
Evan born Sept. 4, 2008. 10.2 lbs Dx Reflux
He asked for a cheese burger at birth!
Evan has been bigger since day one. He was 10. 2 lbs at 36 weeks. He has shown continuous weight gain through givage feedings. He is currently six weeks old and 12.5 lbs. He will be going into surgery in two days to have a G tube put in. Any advise from anyone is greatly appreciated.
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