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Feb 14, 2010
Mason Matthew born at 28 weeks on 12/10/2007 with MSPI and severe reflux. Still on Neocate, strict MSPI diet, recently weaned off of Prevacid.
Evalise Adelle came along 4 weeks early on 12/2/2009 we thought we could be without this reflux stuff but no such luck. She's MSPI as well, off of breastmilk :-( and on Neocate for MSPI, has eczema (better with Neocate), and worse reflux than her brother did! Doing Buffer babies and Prevacid-
Thickening feeds/Dr. Brown's bottles
Hi, Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts/experiences with thickening and Dr. Browns bottles? I tried this weekend with Simply Thick which I used successfully with my first child (different kind of bottle) and it was a nightmare. I had several sized nipples ready to try and tried several different thicknesses and the bottle got clogged numerous times. Unfortunately I think DS is very sensitive to change and she wasn't willing to work with me. If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't believe it, but when she realized something was different, she shut down, closed her eyes and gave up trying to eat. She's eaten very little this weekend. It was a struggle to find a bottle she'd take so I don't think I can switch that but I know she'd benefit greatly from thickened feeds--any thoughts? Also, she had a loose, weird colored stool yesterday with lots of gas, has anyone had that with the simply thick? Given her issues, I can't believe she ingested enough to cause anything?! TIA, Jodi
Feb 14, 2010
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.
have you tried the 'Y' shaped Dr. Browns nipples? I have heard that they work best with thickened feeds. Advent bottles was also another bottle most mom's recommended, as they had a slit in the nipple rather then a hole.

when we tried to thicken with my DD's, (cereal, never tried ST) we were told to work up in thickness. Unless a SLP or Dr. has recommended you ONLY give thickened liquids, my advice would be to work your way up in consistency.

It takes A LOT of trial and error, unfortunately.

I am not sure about the stool change I would ask the Doctor or Pharmacist. but the extra gas is expected, from sucking to hard on the bottle or even trying to get used to the mixture. it will probably go away as her GI tract gets used to it. until then i would give her some gas drops and see if that helps.
Feb 15, 2010
adelines mom
we did not have good luck with thickening adeline's bottle with rice cereal. made it worse. at seven months tried organic oatmeal as her first solids. we had very good luck with simply thick. started using it about five weeks after she was born. we used the dr. brown's stirring pitcher (pumping about 100xs to mix it and you should not shake it) and dr. brown colic bottles. when we first started using simply thick, think we used the #2 nipples, then quickly moved to the #3 nipple. never had any luck with the y shaped. in the beginning we had her on alimentum and i would add extra powder scoops to bring it to 24 calorie. later switched to nestle goodstart nourish plus. started out with a packet and a half and then down to one packet and then down to a half a packet. we always warmed her bottles!!! simply thick does cause gas. we used the dye free mylicon drops from target at almost every feed. think it did help adeline. you just have to tweek it. took adeline off the simply thick sometime after a year. probably could have done it sooner. at 20 months we are still using the dr. brown bottles with the #3 nipple.
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