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Jun 03, 2009
-Kelsey, mom to Drew (born 3/26/09)
Breastfeeding problem- reflux related?
My son is 9 weeks old and I exclusively breastfeed. He is 13 pounds, takes 2.5 mg of Prilosec twice a day. I am off dairy. These things seem to have gotten his reflux under control. Starting two days ago, he has been screaming during breastfeeding. (It's not AFTER breastfeeding like it was before we got his medication right.) Also, he stops crying soon after breastfeeding is over. Do you think it could be reflux-related? I've tried a few different breastfeeding positions so that he is as upright as possible. Any ideas would be appreciated! TIA.
Jun 03, 2009
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.
might he have an ear infection? the swallowing could be painful.
Jun 04, 2009
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.
Is he doing anything else in addition to crying -- like arching his back, gulping, gagging, pulling off and latching back on, pulling his legs up to his chest? Does it seems to make any difference which side he's nursing on?

As Julie said, ear infections can certainly cause crying during breastfeeding, as can reflux related issues -- like pain, or simply having fluid coming up while fluid is also on the way down. Are you familiar with over-active letdown (OALD)? That can also cause signs of discomfort and distress while nursing. Ears are easy to have checked, so that may be a good way to at least rule that out (and it's important to note that reflux can contribute to ear infections...)

Jun 04, 2009
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.
you may want to try this... our Pedi and Gi doc said to try:

I pumped 2 feedings (the 2 feedings that seemed to be the worst on Joslyn.) We gave her what I pumped (added some if we needed to) and she did alot better that way. I had immediate let down (i mean immediate!) and for some reason the morning and last feeding where her worst. When we started doing the pumping for those 2 feedings it helped alot!

Good luck

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