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Nov 08, 2010
cape_decision
No Reflux at night
I'm breastfeeding my 5 month old and no one can tell me why she spits up during the day but never does it at night. She has been nursing every 2-3 hours at night for the past 4 weeks and still, no reflux at night even though she is laid flat right after nursing. Any possible explanations? The first feed of the morning when she gets up for the day she is guaranteed to go right back to refluxing.
Nov 09, 2010
vigilantmom
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
My son was exactly the same. Ate great if he was sleeping and slept like a rock. First feed of the morning and we were right back to refluxing. I never did figure out why. I just wrote it off as it was his cycle.
Nov 10, 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.
It took us quite awhile to determine it, but our son always spit up more when elevated. He still had a lot of silent reflux when lying down, but he spit up loads when elevated or upright. The only explanation I ever heard for it came from a Chinese Medicine Practitioner who believed that it had to do with either the position on his stomach when he was upright, or the energy behind the reflux -- basically that more force/pressure was created when he was upright or elevated, whereas when he was lying down there was less force/pressure and thus the refluxed material didn't go so far up the esophagus. What I make of that now, knowing some of the other details of my son's issues, is that, in his case, his body was almost always tense, and so there was a lot of pressure from the surrounding muscles -- in his case both when he was awake and when he was asleep -- but when there was more stress and tension in his body, there was more force behind the reflux. Does that make sense?
Nov 10, 2010
cape_decision
For those of you who responded--was it ever suggested to you that you have an oversupply of milk? I have all the symptoms of over-supply and was speaking with a lactation consultant who has told me to nurse with the baby on top of me so my baby has to work against the flow of gravity rather than being on the receiving end of a fire hose. She also suggested that I pump some off as my daughter was guaranteed to throw up everything if my breast is even slightly full. As for the not refluxing at night she said that is due to the hormone that triggers your milk supply basically shuts down towards the end of the day and then kicks back between 1-5 am so you are ready for the next day. It is too soon to tell how this will work but so far the results for me have been very positive. She is still spitting up but not as much and the milk now tends to be partially digested whereas before it was just straight breast milk right back at me.
Nov 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.
If you are having good success with addressing oversupply, then I would definitely keep pursuing that avenue, as OALD and Overactive Letdown can both cause what appear to be symptoms of GER. Do you block feed? Have you been to the La Leche League Mother-to-Mother Forums at www.lli.org? There is a wealth of help available there for all breastfeeding challenges...
Nov 15, 2010
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
my son had very severe reflux from the moment he woke til the moment he fell asleep...he always slept like a champ...no one could ever explain that to me. Also he never had ONE ear infection which is pretty rare for these kids...I chalk it up to luck...at least at the end of a puke filled day we knew we could get some sleep....
Check with your
doctor first!