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Oct 16, 2011
kristinfl12
Burping and Sleep Breastfeeding
Hi all, I have a 10 month old son, Gabriel, who starting only breastfeeding while falling asleep or already asleep when he was around 7 months. If he is awake while breastfeeding, he will eat for 5 minutes, come off and have to burp. He won't continue unless I rock him to sleep or he gets his burps out. Even while he is sleeping, he sometimes will not eat well if he has to burp. He started zantac at 6 months because he was avoiding the breast and dropping on the growth charts. (He is in the 3% now). Zantac worked a little, but then he started solids and became very constipated. Our first GI recommended discontinuing zantac since it wasn't changing symptoms. But his only advice was to increase the solids, which didn't work because my son will only eat a couple bites. He started out loving solids at 6.5 months. Our second GI, also pretty inexperienced, did start him on Prevacid after we asked for it. He is taking 7.6 mg suspension in the morning. This is his 10th day. So far, nothing is different. I'm pretty exhausted trying to get Gabriel enough calories. I'm hoping the Prevacid makes a difference soon. Has anyone else experienced burping preventing their child from breastfeeding? Any hope that Gabriel will eat while he's awake? We are seeing a Speech Language Pathologist who was the one to encourage us to get a second GI opinion and to consider Prevacid.
Oct 18, 2011
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.
Has anyone looked at the mechanics of his swallowing process?
Oct 19, 2011
kristinfl12
The speech therapist attempted watching him breastfeeding (he barely eats when awake and doesn't like it when anyone else is in the room). From what she could see, she thought he was sucking and swallowing fine.
Oct 19, 2011
kristinfl12
Not only does he have to constantly burp, but maybe the bigger problem is how long and frustrating it is for him until he is able to. He bangs his head against me, changes positions, cries, goes back on the breast whining and comes off again, or simply gives up and stops eating if he isn't able to burp. Sometimes, I have to change the setting so he calms down and forgets about it until it comes out naturally. It takes me sometimes and hour and a half to get him down for the night because of this burping issue. Also, Lorenzomama, you'll be happy to know that the speech therapist evaluated him for sensory integration disorder and is giving us some treatment techniques to for it. He puts everything in his mouth so he doesn't have oral hypersensitivity as I've read about it. He also loves being outdoors, which the therapist said is unusual for sensory integration disorder. When did Lorenzo start Craniosacral therapy and for how long?
Oct 20, 2011
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.
With the swallowing, I am wondering if there is something mechanical at play, both for swallowing and releasing air, which could be causing him issues. It seems that, often with little ones, there is more than one thing going on -- some of the typical groups for refluxers include swallowing issues, sensory processing issues, delayed gastric emptying, allergies and food intolerance, just to name a very few. One thing causes, influences or exacerbates another. Part of the challenge is that it can be incredibly difficult to determine where it all began and/or what to treat in order to stop what is sometimes a vicious cycle. Keep exploring, keep asking questions and observing (and keep a journal if you can of your observations -- it can be incredibly helpful), and hopefully a path toward answers will start to make itself apparent.

We started Cranio-sacral Therapy with Lorenzo when he was 11 months old, and have used it off an on ever since. Sometimes the results have been subtle, sometimes quite miraculous.

Oct 21, 2011
poorhenry
Henry was born 5/12/11 at 5.8 lbs. A peanut, for sure. He was healthy and gaining weight steadily for first 6 weeks, then began refluxing through his nose. By 3 mos. he was projectile vomiting. Trying our 4th attempt at medication and desperate for a good night's sleep.
My 5-month-old has always nursed for a very short period of time and comes off to burp. He belches like an adult, actually. He used to go back on the breast for a 2nd time after his burp, then burp in between breasts and in the middle of his feed on the 2nd side, too, but has recently cut out that "2nd helping" at each side. He continues to gain weight OK (is in the 10th%, which he's been since 1 month of age). I just assumed it was a part of his reflux, but it sounds like maybe something more is going on with your son. Good luck. I hope you find relief soon. I will say, regarding Prevacid, that our GI didn't think it was a good medicine for infants because it is difficult to dose. We just saw him for the 1st time Monday and he switched us to Prilosec. Today is the best day my son has had in about 1-1/2 months. Maybe you could ask to switch to Prilosec?
Oct 28, 2011
helski
Wow this is exactly what my son does! Glad to know i am not alone :)
Dec 27, 2011
kristinfl12
Heiski, any change with your son? Mine got better for a week, but then got worse again. Lorenzomama, who should I ask to look at the swallowing mechanics? Our GI said difficulty burping was part of reflux, but it doesn't look like anyone talks about that as a symptom.
Check with your
doctor first!