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Oct 24, 2008
bib3mama
I have 3 boys, youngest has gerd, 18 months of no sleep. Prevacid 2x/7.5 mg thinking of switching to prilosec.
breastfeeding and reflux
Has anyone ever had their breast milk tested for acidity? Just a crazy idea I had...I want to wish everyone a good weekend. Keep lovin' your little ones. Keep the hope that they will out grow the reflux. You are all amazing and I will keep you in my prayers. I'm off to the ped for David's 18mo check up. Ug!
Oct 24, 2008
maiam
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
Not for acidity, but I did find that my kids reacted to foods I ate -- onion, spicy foods, etc. Also mine both had food allergies, and reacted when I ate their allergens. I had to go on strict elimination diets with both of them. They still have reflux (and probably always will, thanks to me and my dominant GERD genetics ;)) even without the foods in their diets, but with the foods in their diets, they were puking all the time!
Oct 24, 2008
ama
Mommy of Hunter born 07/16/08. Tongue tied at birth, never learned to bf well. Diagnosed with silent reflux at 5 weeks with barrium swallow. Fed on expressed breast milk. Currently on Gaviscon, Omeprizole (prilosec), Domperidone (Motilium)have yet to see medication have any effect on him. His biggest symptom is his distain of feeding time- he hates it. . Hospitalised for two weeks in September, fed through ng tube.
Hello there! I used to nurse and breast feeding with reflux is pretty tough going ! I pump now so I can add thickener to his bottle and see how much he is taking (as well as the fact he was never good at nursing, poor guy) But I know for the reflux breast milk is the best. I see you are thinking of putting your LO on Prosilec. My son is taking that and I havent seen to much improvement, arent Prevacid and Prosilec pretty much the same thing?? Both PPI's? I could be wrong though..
Oct 24, 2008
stickybean
bfing and reflux is just the best!!!!! LIE!!! I still bf she is 6 months old now. it is rough half of the time. But she has gotten better! I have not had my bm tested... never even thought of it... great idea though!
Oct 25, 2008
lorenzomama
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.
That's an interesting concept, although I imagine the challenge would be that the acidity level would change throughout the day if it affected by what mama consumes? I do know that, like drinking milk to soothe an ulcer, the immediate affect is comforting for many babies, but if there is something about the breastmilk that causes stomach troubles (like gas), it can set off reflux episodes.

I just read your story, and like you, I have been bf'ing on demand for 18 months. And yes, waking every 2 hours or so to nurse is not unusual for a bf'ing toddler who has not been subjected to sleep training. We co-sleep, and my son has some other issues (like sleep apnea), so his wakings are pretty frequent and unpredictable, and often quite long. Does your son go right back to sleep after breastfeeding? If so, and if you reach a point where you want to try night weaning, I highly recommend the method that Dr. Jay Gordon presents for night weaning co-sleepers (even if you don't co-sleep). You can find it at: http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/ap/sleep.asp.

I hope your son's checkup goes well. It's nice to see another mom here who has been breastfeeding a baby with GERD for so long. It sure isn't always easy, is it?!

Check with your
doctor first!