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Dec 25, 2008
Anyone else pumping exclusively?
Greetings! I am new to these forums and am looking for other moms who are exclusively pumping breastmilk and bottle feeding their infants... My ten week old daughter had an upper GI at four weeks to diagnose her GERD. She takes 1 mL of Zantac 2x/day, which has helped her esophageal pain a great deal. Ever since the test, I decided to begin pumping and bottle feeding almost exclusively. It seems to help reduce her mealtime reflux; usually she spits up quite a bit less than when I would nurse her, because we can keep her upright during and following feedings. This has allowed us to experiment with some other tactics for managing her reflux - pacing her feedings, monitoring intake volume, etc. This was an experiment I decided to conduct myself; not on the request of our pediatrician, though they have been supportive and gave a sort of "hey, whatever works" blessing. Anyone else out there doing this and want to share stories?
Dec 26, 2008
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Welcome to the board!

My daughter Meggy is 19 months now, so your topic doesn't apply to me, but I wanted to welcome you.

Dec 26, 2008
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
I pumped exclusely and gave up after about six weeks. Then we went to formula and Nutramigen was the only one that agreed with her.
Dec 27, 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.
i breastfed my dd emily for the first 5.5 months of her life. She had horrible reflux; mostly silent but became projectile if i didn't stick to my elimination diet to the letter. (have you ever looked into it? check out Dr. Sears's website i believe) one thing i can recomend to many b/f-ing reflux moms is to cut out milk and soy from their diets (or lessen it significantly) b/c even if the child is not allergic or intolerant those proteins tend to aggravate reflux.

back to the pumping story... well i pumped very often, i had the SAME theory as you- to gauge her intake and allow her to be upright ect.. but she was a bottle fighter until she was 6 months old even then she was slow to like it. so basicly i ended up with a freezer full of b/m that i threw away b/c the elim. diet didn't work and i found out nutramigen did.

anyway i wish you the best of luck and i really think you are on a good track! if you have any other questions along the way we are always here :)
Dec 28, 2008
Thanks! I have heard about the elimination diet, but am lactose intolerant myself, so I don't take in much dairy in my own diet. Sounds like I was perhaps a bit lucky in that The Bean took a bottle with no trouble during week 2 of her life. I use NUK bottles with a medium flow nipple; some of these "mediums" seem to flow faster than others. We cope with that and with her general desire to guzzle a bottle by pacing her -- by swapping in the Soothie pacifier from the hospital after about every 1.5 oz or so to get her to take a little break. She does *not* do well being burped, either, which seems to go against everything I thought one is supposed to do when bottle feeding. Burping her on purpose almost guarantees painful, voluminous spit-up. Hiccups are also interesting; she will usually spit up with the first two or three but not after that, and we find ourselves looking forward to hiccups. What an interesting adventure...
Jan 03, 2009
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
I pumped exclusively for 6 months, then found out she needed me to go on the elim diet or take elecare instead. I was no longer pumping enough for her needs and like kat had a freezer full of milk i could not use. I switched her to elecare and didn't look back! If you can continue giving her b/m, do so as long as you can. I still feel GUILTY about stopping but I really had no choice. The elecare helped I think bc it was the same everytime.
Check with your
doctor first!