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Sep 13, 2010
Pain with Bottles
Something is hurting Kylie when she tries to drink her bottles. She's hungry and wants to eat, but she can only get down a few swallows at a time before she has to stop to take a break. I don't think it's the acid b/c she's on 30 mg of Prevacid, plus it seems like the pain starts as soon as she starts drinking.

During the day we let her take each bottle slowly over the course of an hour. At her bedtime bottle we have to switch off between her pacifier and her bottle. Sometimes we work together like a soon as she stops sucking I take out the bottle and give her her pacifier. Then I wait a minute or two and start bringing the bottle back to her mouth. When she sees it she will spit out her pacifier and take the bottle, but only for the few swallows she can get down. We repeat this for the whole bottle. If I don't force her to take more than a few swallows at a time she mostly doesn't cry.

Any ideas about what could be causing her pain? My husband thinks that because she has an MSPI the formula is making her stomach hurt. (She is on Nutramigen but maybe needs to be on elemental?) I am not sold on that idea because she acts like she hurts from the first few drinks, not just once she has some formula sitting in her belly.

I am starting to think she could have an ulcer or something in her throat? What do you think?

Sep 13, 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.
i posted a reply on your other post about barrier meds. i am not sure about ulcer but i would call and bring this up to the Dr. there are all kinds of reasons (not only reflux or ulcers) as to why she could be acting this way.

things include structural malformations of the pallet inside the mouth to difficulty swallowing due to immature digestive system. Then on the milder side, she may have a ear infection or a sore throat. Us reflux mommas often over look "normal" baby things like that!

Not saying she has any of these things but it is something that should be brought up to the Dr. and checked out :)
Sep 13, 2010
Whenever Kavya is teething she does what you described. And I noticed she started being more fussy with drinking once we got on Prevacid 30mg. When we decrease the prevacid she actually drinks better. Why don't you ask your doc if it can be a Prevacid side effect?
Sep 24, 2010
This is the exact behavior of our little 2 month old daughter. We have to soothe her through her bottle and switch back and forth from bottle to pacifier, and feedings usually take an hour or more. Often the last ounce we have to put down (what she doesn't spit out) with a syringe. I am still trying to find answers, too.
Sep 24, 2010
KRU - We had Kylie tested for allergies and discovered she is severely allergic to not only milk protein (we knew) but also corn. While the milk is hydrolized in the Nutramigen, it still contains corn. This explains the fussy feedings - the milk/corn were hurting her stomach.

The allergist recommended Neocate but I wanted to see if she could tolerate the Alimentum Ready-to-Feed first as it is the only formula without corn syrup solids (it has tapioca solids instead).

She did amazing on the Alimentum RTF for about a week, but then the old fussy feeding behavior started to come back. Last night, when she cried with her bedtime bottle, arched her back, and pushed away, I decided it was finally time to switch to Neocate.

It's expensive and it tastes terrible, but as of this morning she'd drank 2 bottles of it without fussing. She did pull away a few times because (obviously) it's disgusting, but she took it. Thank goodness! I sent it with her to daycare today and I hope she will continue to drink it.

We put off trying the Neocate because it's extremely expensive and tastes so bad. I was hoping she'd be able to tolerate the Alimentum, which is hydrolized but not elemental. Clearly she really needs elemental.

I live in Texas and according to my research a new law (HB 2000) went into effect in January of this year requiring insurance companies to reimburse for elemental formula when it's medically necessary. We have started the claim process...

Check with your
doctor first!