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Jun 05, 2009
mommy2k
Need good wishes sent my way
Hi everyone! We've been on prilosec since Tuesday and it has helped him and I know that it takes about 2 weeks to work. However I still bf and am getting frustrated with it because he's really gassy. He hasn't ever slept very long since birth and he's almost 6 months maybe 3 hours tops at a time if that. His reflux is worse today and he's fussy again. I have it in my mind to try alimentum again for him. We did before but not a valant attempt since he hated it. This is a very hard decision for me since I know he hates the stuff. I feel bad that we're trying something so nasty because I tasted it and smelled it. I just don't like seeing Kody in pain and hoping that it'll help his gassiness as well as him being so uncomfortable. Mostly I'm just exhausted emotionally and physically. I told myself that I would bf for at least a year since he wouldn't take the formula but I'm at my breaking point now. Just pray that he'll take it and won't give me a hard time. He's a little stinker about things and he certainly outlasts me a lot of times. lol Wish me luck! OOOPS sorry so long!
Jun 05, 2009
kubicki5
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.
have you tried Nutramigen? Some kids like it better.
Jun 05, 2009
mommato3
Best of wishes!! I weaned Holden from breastmilk to Alimentum. The first couple of days were horrible but then he began to drink it and it helped! Now we are on Elecare (super hypoallergenic) though. I agree with Julie-Some kids do better on Nutrimigen and vise versa. Also the ready to feed tastes better than the powder and my son took it much better. Hang in there and take one day at a time. That is what I'm trying to do now.
Jun 05, 2009
mommy2d&h
I commend you for breastfeeding as long as you have. I am currently eliminating foods, too, and it is so hard - grocery shopping, going to social events, traveling, watching my husband have an ice cream cone!!! Don't beat yourself up for making the switch to formula - you have to take all factors into consideration, including YOUR wellbeing. Hugs to you and just know there are others going through the same things!!!
Jun 05, 2009
johnniesnewmommy
I have always used nutramigen and my kids seemed to like it- even though it smells horrible. I couldnt get Johnnie to take the Alimentum at all. Even though he cant talk he made it clear he's rather starve than drink that stuff! Good luck
Jun 05, 2009
mommato3
Another thought--How about using Elecare. I use the unflavored Elecare and add vanilla flavoring (as told by Holden's nutritionist) that I buy at the coffee shop (it tastes good this way). Another friend of mine adds strawberry flavoring. Elecare also makes a vanilla flavored Elecare which isn't half bad either. It says ages 1 year plus but if you don't mix it like the directions and mix it like the unflavored (1 scoop per 2 oz) then the nutrients/calories are the exact same. If he is extremely sensitive to proteins then this would by far be the easiest on his tummy (amino acid based where alimentum still has some proteins b/c they are only partially broken down). Down side-cost and availability. Cost wise Elecare is more but if you use the ready to feed Alimetum it isn't any more expensive and it depends where you get your Elecare too. Go to Elecare's website and price it and also there are other sites on the web that have it cheaper then it really isn't any more expensive than alimentum. Also some insurances will cover it. You can't just run to the store if you run out though. You have to order it. But do compare prices and figure up how many cans you will need and see how much more Elecare would be. It has been worth its weight in gold for me and you can even do things to the unflavored to make it taste good.
Jun 05, 2009
mommy2k
Thanks everyone! I went out and bought the ready to feed alimentum tonight after Kody fell asleep. It does taste a little better then the powder still tastes awful though. We have coupons for similac so that's why we went with that. We tried nutramigen too but no go with that either. mommato3-That's something I will investigate as well. I defintely like the idea of being able to flavor it. I'm going to be new to this formula thing. I have no idea how much he takes in right now. We haven't given him a bottle of bm in a while. He's been eating a little bit less as well as pulling off then crying then relatching again. The cycle goes on and on.
Jun 05, 2009
mommy2k
mommato3
I forgot to ask these questions for you. Did Holden just not drink very much for a few days when you switched from breastmilk to alimentum? You said he had a horrible few days and I wanted to know what to expect. Was it horrible because he was hungry and wouldn't eat the formula? My hubby and I are worried about him starving himself and just screaming all weekend. YIKES!!
Jun 06, 2009
kubicki5
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.
Hi there - when I made the switch I did it slowly. Like the first couple days I would replace one breastfeed with the bottle and then go to two replacements for a couple days and so on. She did really well with a more tapered approach.

good luck!

Jun 06, 2009
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
Hey :) I've been wondering about you. I agree with Julie. Replace one feeding at a time and leave the bedtime feeding for last. That's what I did. I weaned Mags at 8mos.

DO NOT feel guilty bc you've done great! It's so hard bfeeding these little ones. Hopefully it'll make him more comfortable and you'll all be happier as a result. That is the most important thing.

Jun 06, 2009
mommy2k
That's how I weaned my daughter but I'm not sure that Kody will drink the formula if he's getting breastfed. I really want to be able to just do it slowly but somehow we got to get him to take the formula first. I'm waiting for my hubby to get home to help me. We'll see how it goes. I will try the slow process of weaning. Do you remember which one you took out first? I don't remember at all what I did with my daughter since it was 9 1/2 years ago. I do remember doing the night feeding last. So does it mattter which one I take out first? Thanks!
Jun 06, 2009
kubicki5
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.
For some reason I think I did the lunchtime feeding first.
Jun 06, 2009
mommy2k
It isn't going well at all. He refuses to eat it and just screams. I tried mixing some breastmilk with it. He would so rather starve than eat it. I won't be able to wean him by dropping a feeding at this point because he won't even drink the formula. If I breastfeed him then he will just be skipping a feeding all together. This is just plain awful. I feel so bad for him. I have it in my mind to not breastfeed and I'm ready to wean him so I feel like I have not many choices. I could try the elecare but now we already started doing this so we're on our way. I don't know if bfing him before bed would screw it all up or not. I don't know what to do. Pray that he starts eating this for us soon.
Jun 06, 2009
mommato3
I had to go cold turkey with Holden. It took almost two days of him literally eating almost nothing before he began to take it. Once he began to take it he was fine. I will pray for you because it does worry you and make you so sad. Holden did great on Alimentum for a while and then started showing some allergy signs again so we went on to Elecare at that point. Hang in there. You are a GREAT momma!
Jun 06, 2009
mommy2k
It's good to know that someone else went cold turkey too and no damage done. We just decided that's the only way to do it. I'm pumping and giving him a mostly breastmilk with a couple ounces of alimentum. He's only taking it from my hubby right now. He screamed at first and then gave in. He ate again for my hubby but less this time. I'm just worried about Monday when he goes back to work. Hopefully I can get him to take it sometime over the weekend. It's definitely not been an easy task at all. Thanks for the well wishes.
Jun 06, 2009
mommy2k
mommato3
What vanilla flavoring at the coffee shop do you use? My hubby works at Starbucks and I'm wondering if we could use something like that to put in the alimentum? If it can be put into elecare why not alimentum? I don't know much about this but do you think that would be possible?
Check with your
doctor first!