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Mar 05, 2009
Pulling off then relatching.
First, I want to thank all of you incredibly amazing Moms who have answered my posts with support. I am going to make a donation to this site. I feel like I should be paying this site all the money I've spent on different doctors since here I got answers and the support I need. :) My question is related to my son pulling off the bottle several times during a feeding. Sometimes he doesn't pull off at all, but more often he does. He will fuss before I give it to, refuse for a min then take it. He sucks for about a min or so then pulls off to take a 10 second break then latch back on. I get so frustrated because I never know if the last latch off will be his straight out refusal and if he'll take less than he needs. So far, I just let him do it because I trust him to know what feels comfortable for himself. I know his reflux is mostly under control and I wonder if this is his attempt at being independent? He is almost 8 months old.
Mar 05, 2009
Sara, Mom to Isobel 10/01/08 Dx Silent reflux @ 6 wks. Prevacid 22.5mg split in 2 doses. Pepcid .5ml twice a day. Diagnostically confirmed milk protein, egg and cat allergy. Suspected corn, pea and squash allergy. Trialed Alimentum and Elecare without success, currently on Isomil Advance RTF with moderate success. Barium Swallow and UGI 3/08 Pondering a ph probe and endoscopy.
A Couple quick thoughts... Check out nipple flow - is it too much or too little? Does the bottle allow for the venting of air? If I don't have Isobel's bottle ring on right the nipple doesn't allow air and she'll pull off to let air back in. If he's actively refluxing during feeds he may be pulling off to make that extra big swallow to get everything back down again then of course doesn't want to latch because it hurts! Have you had a swallow study or an upper GI done? Sorry if it's a duplicate question, but I haven't read previous posts. I thought my DD reflux was under control but I've recently learned otherwise. She too, refuses the bottle fairly frequently. We are struggling now to get 20 oz into her when she should be having close to 40. The feeding issue has really been her only obvious symptom. Good luck - HTH!
Mar 05, 2009
Yes to the upper GI. Problem is that upper GI only shows abnormalities unless the baby refluxes during the procedure, which I am told is rare. I had it done anyway because I had polyhydramnios while I was preggo and was told he could have had a swallowing disorder. Test came back normal. I use venti-air bottles. I will check the flow.
Mar 06, 2009
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
I agree with the nipple flow - he may need a faster nipple now that he's a little older. Is he crying or arching when he pulls off? If not, I'd be inclined to think it's non-reflux related.
Check with your
doctor first!