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Oct 11, 2010
dancingmommaof1
~Mary~
New to the forum, issue with bf.
Hello all, This is my first time here and recently had my son diagnosed with reflux. He is now 7 days old and was diagnosed at 4 days old. He is currently on Prilosec three times a day. The biggest problem has been with breastfeeding. Whenever I try to feed with him, he will not stay latched on. He'll latch on for anywhere to 1-3 min, then pull off, cry, and whine. Then he'll root around and latch back on again for another 1-3 min. Is this caused from the reflux? Has anyone else experience this? I worry that he isn't getting enough to eat, especially since he had lost almost 10% of his birth weight. But at his check up he had gained an ounce. Any tips with breastfeeding or ideas would be wonderful!
Oct 11, 2010
lorenzomama
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.
I'll be back with more when I can, but for now I recommend that you go to the forums at the La Leche League website (www.llli.org) -- there are many issues in addition to reflux that can cause what you describe, and you will also just find a lot of support there during what can be the challenging early weeks/months of breastfeeding....
Oct 11, 2010
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
This booklet in the reading room might help a bit.

http://www.reflux.org/reflux/webdoc01.nsf/%28vwWebPage%29/Breastfeed.htm?OpenDocument

I had issues breastfeeding my refluxer too. The lactation consultant helped a ton. Most Health Dept's have one. You may want to try that as well.

((HUGS)) I know it is hard but you are doing a great job. :)
Oct 12, 2010
lorenzomama
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.
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.... One of the great challenges I have found with breastfeeding and reflux is that can be so incredibly difficult to separate out what is a breastfeeding (ie, supply, latch, etc) issue and what is reflux or a reflux exacerbating issue (like food sensitivity). It is probably worth knowing that many babies with reflux also have food sensitivities, and that simple gas can seriously exacerbate it, so it is always a wise first course of action to be very mindful of what you are eating and how it might be affecting your baby. Here are some links that might help you explore some of the possibilities : www.kellymom.com www.llli.org (in addition to the forum, there is an abundance of searchable articles about issues related to breastfeeding) www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t041200.asp (an article outlining one approach to elimination diet) It can be very challenging to breastfeed a baby with significant reflux, but PLEASE don't let that alone ever discourage you. Even breastfeeding a baby with no other issues can have its challenges -- and when it is physically possible to do so, breastfeeding is almost always the best thing you can do for a baby with reflux. If ever you need resources, or just an understanding ear, please feel free to seek me out...I've been breastfeeding a refluxer for 3 1/2 years....
Check with your
doctor first!