Posted By Posting
Oct 13, 2010
breastfeeding question
Have you heard of babies refluxing (or having other issues) with breastfeeding, but not with bottles? My daughter (6.5 months), takes a bottle pretty well. But when I'm nursing her, it's: latch on, suck a few times, un-latch, arch back, yell, somtimes pass gas, maybe yell again and then latch on again....and this process continues the rest of the feeding. It also usually only happens during the day? At night she typically nurses pretty well. I'm so clueless... =/
Oct 13, 2010
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.
If you're supply is good, and you're sure that you don't have under-supply or over-supply/overactive letdown, my guess would be that she finds the bottle easier to get the milk from and is irritated by the challenge of either initiating letdown, or getting a good milk flow. You could try looking for a bottle nipple that is more challenging (ie, smaller hole) to more closely approximate the effort required to nurse. If that doesn't sound likely, I wonder about position when nursing given the difference between day and night nursing. (I'm assuming that you're talking about giving bottles of expressed breastmilk, so it isn't an issue of the milk itself/food intolerance.)
Oct 14, 2010
I could have written your post. My 4 month old son does exactly the same thing. He is on and off the breast repeatedly (to the point where it made my nipples so sore), arching back, crying, pooping, back on nipple...and on and on. Same thing again - he was better at nursing night - but unfortunately, that has slowly gotten worse there too. It's the acid reflux. My son will take from a bottle, but has just recently started having the same reaction from time to time with the bottle. I am having to pump now and give him breastmilk in a bottle. Very time consuming. I wish I had a suggestion for you, but I am pumping now. I will tell you to make sure that your son is getting enough to eat if he is EBF. My son started to lose weight because of the problems with breastfeeding - to the point were we are concerned and feeding him via bottle to make sure he is getting enough.
Check with your
doctor first!