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Apr 15, 2010
Is my breast milk too acidic?
I am so perplexed! First the background: I have two sons, both extended breastfeeders (#1 until 25 months, #2 is 17 months and still going strong), both had moderate to severe GERD and were on PPI's until about 6-7 months, both are late talkers, both are very poor sleepers, etc. Son #2 (17 months) had NEVER slept through the night as of a few days ago. A good night for him was when he would only wake up twice. He was a very light sleeper, would wake up, nurse, and go back to sleep. Four days ago, I started Aciphex for reflux I was experiencing (this was the first time I've ever had reflux issues). Now he has slept through the night two nights in a row. We cosleep and it used to be that I couldn't even switch sleeping positions without waking him up. I was able to get out of bed this morning without waking him. This is all unheard of! This is making me question everything! I always thought that I was doing a great thing by breastfeeding my children, but is it possible that my breastmilk is overly acidic and has been causing the issues? Or is it the trace amounts of Aciphex he is receiving in the milk that is helping him? He was on Prevacid Solutabs when he was younger, and he didn't sleep through the night then. I recently tried the Solutabs with him again, but he just gags and vomits it out. The change in my medicine is the only change I can pinpoint. Before I started this medicine, night waking was especially horrible (5 times a night). Son #2 is getting his 2-year molars in and is suffering from an eczema flare up and a recurrence of MRSA. With so many troubles in his little body right now, it is CRAZY that he is suddenly sleeping better than ever! Any thoughts are appreciated.
Apr 15, 2010
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
I doubt that your breast milk is too acidic but it is possible that your Aciphex is passing through through your milk. I would post that questions on the Leche board or ask. On the prevacid solutabs, have you tried disolving them in water first vs just giving him the solutab? Also have you tried the capsules instead. You just need to open them and sprinkle the balls on a tsp of apple sauce.... my son was real gaggy on the solutabs too.
Apr 16, 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.
since Aciphex is a PPI it does go through your bloodstream and thus is most likely excreted in breast milk. It is unknown the amount or if any of this medication has positive or negative effect on baby. here is some info on aciphex and breastfeeding. I will tell you though, i have been on Prilosec for 3 weeks and my extended breast feeder, Audrey (22 months) is eating and sleeping better too!

now on to the issue of acidic breast milk. I have done some research (for myself 2.5 years ago and for you recently) and found that there really is no conclusive studies or evidence that breast milk is ever too acidic. you could however do a home test on litmus paper and see if your milk is or isn't. but in my research it seems you will not find it the case. this is one of my favorite sites that may explain more to you about this.

poor baby though! i am glad he is sleeping through all this,i hope it keeps up. i would consider asking his dr to start doing some zantac if you think he is getting benefits from the meds in your breast milk
Check with your
doctor first!