M.S. asks from Collinsville, OK on November 03, 2008
The Dreaded Spit Up
I have an 8 week old son who has been on 2 different types of medicines for over 2 weeks now. He is still spitting up and vomiting profusely all throughout the day. The doctor is urging us to dry formula, which my husband and I almost refuse to do. I tried it for the first time last night, and we only lasted one feeding because my baby did NOT want it at all. He then fed off of me for about 20 minutes! Any suggestions?
So What Happened?™
Right now, I am removing milk completely for my diet and my try eggs later, as I have read that these are the most common food allergies. I did tell me doctor that there is almost nothing she can do to get me to quit breastfeeding, something she got very defensive about! I will only quit if they can convince me that it is a medical emergency. The spit-up alone is not that bad, it's the continual fussiness all through the day because he continually needs to spit up. Also, he has not been having bowl movements, it's been 6 days, so we are going to try a suppository for infants! Oh the life of a parent!
C.C. answers from Oklahoma City on November 04, 2008
I couldn't breast feed, but had my baby on the dry soylac. He was 36 lbs at 6 months. He is not overweight now, 36 years
S.P. answers from Oklahoma City on November 04, 2008
My son did the same thing for the first 2 1/2 months of his life and come to find out he has a milk allergy. We got him neutrimagen (spelled wrong) and he didn't want it first but finally he started taking it and was keeping it done. It was the best thing ever.
He is now 9 years old and still allergic to milk. There is not really a test for this allergy it is just trail and error. Hope this helps.
G.F. answers from Tulsa on November 04, 2008
I was lucky, my daughter never spit up but I had to go back to work when my daughter was 6 weeks old and I wanted her to continue to have breast milk for as long as possible. I used a breast pump and mixed that with the formula and she did just fine (you can freeze the breast milk, just be sure to date it and use the oldest first). She got the breast milk that I wanted her to have and she also got the nutrition of the formula. I used the Carnation Good Starts rather than Infameal. I also used the Playtex nursers rather than a regular bottle. You can squeeze out the excess air which will also help with the spitting up. The transition from breast to bottle was much easier on her because the nipple was shaped almost like mom. Try that and see if you don't see an improvement.
S.R. answers from Jonesboro on November 04, 2008
My son was a bottle fed baby and he had the spit up also. I only used Dr. Brown's bottles and he was on zantac. The dr. wanted him to be put on reglan also. I am one of those people that check, check and recheck. I was totally against reglan after i researched it. (Causes depression in teens and adults) I found this miracle stuff called Gripe Water by Baby Bliss, you can get it at the medicine shoppe. It is all natural so that eases your mind. I used that instead of zantac and eventually he just stopped spitting up.
F.S. answers from Tulsa on November 04, 2008
My first son was spitting up terribly too so I know how tough that can be. My only advice for that, if you're not already doing it is to burp him several times while he is nursing. That will help a little. I noticed when I did that with my son wouldn't spit up as much.
My only concern for your little one is if he's getting enough nutrition and retaining enough fluids. For as little as he is to not be having a bowel movement for that many days isn't good. He may not be constipated, I think he might not keeping enough down. Have you aked your doctor about that issue? Also, could you consider supplementing your breastfeeding with formula just to see if it helps?
I hope things work out soon!
L.P. answers from Jonesboro on November 04, 2008
I would not take your baby off the breast. Formula is way harder to digest than breast milk I would think your problem would get worse. You didn't say what kind of medicine he is on. Have you tried gas medicine?
N.R. answers from New Orleans on November 07, 2008
Read this article it might help
My aunt had 7 kids and she breastfeed every one of them.
I 'm so happy that you are stay strong and keep doing what you feel is right cuz you are right. What my aunt did is if any of the babies had a problem she would take out a lot of foods in her diet at one time and write what she took out so after the baby started feeling better she would introduce one at a time to see which food it may have been. She would eat like eggs then wait 2 weeks before she would try something else.
Also dont forget about things you are washing with and any kind of lanlins you are using for your nipples.
V.O. answers from Tulsa on November 04, 2008
Your instincts about refusing to switch from breast to formula are right! Your baby can digest breast milk much easier than milk based formulas.
You may try writing down what you are eating and staart eliminating some dairy... my son had horrible acid reflux as an infant. eliminating dairy products really helped us. I wish someone had suggested it to me sooner, I could have avoided placing him on prevacid - which did not relieve the sweet baby.
Dr sears has a great website and so does motheringmagazine.com that may help you with your dilemma.
Good luck and remember that even if you wanted it to, this will not last forever!
D.D. answers from Dothan on November 04, 2008
Hi! I am on my second child with reflux (this one is 3 1/2 months) and there are some easy things you can do to help.
I would definitely not stop breast feeding - the milk is most easily digested, so your little one will get he most they can from it. If you need to supplement, then do that, too. See another pediatrician and get a second opinion, for sure.
Here are some of the things we do:
Up until 3 months or so, your baby can sleep in his car seat. This is the most effective move we made for sleeping through the night with reflux. I know this sounds crazy, but it is actually comfortable for them (they feel snuggly) and the angel of the seat keeps the milk headed down not up! This helps heal any irritation they might have, and helps prevent the spit up. After 3 months, you can use a wedge under his mattress or elevate one end of his crib just a little. Don't use a blanket if you do this - buy a halo sleep sack so baby doesn't roll under a blanket.
Sleeping at an angle also helps with the congestion that reflux babies are prone to having. We still put her in her car seat occasionally when she is really congested (like now).
You can also treat any congestion with saline, which will also help calm the reflux. Babies hate this, so be warned! It is a 2 person job sometimes! Spray one nostril at a time three times a day or more - you can't OD them on saline. It helps clear passages and get rid of the snot, which can irritate the reflux.
Feed him in a different position - more upright, however you are comfortable. Call a lactation consultant for help or do a search on reflux/breastfeeding positions.
DO keep him upright for at least 20 minutes after eating, even if this means he stays in a swing or chair. I know sometimes you can't just sit for 20 minutes! However, if you can, this great cuddle time!
If he's gaining weight, don't be too alarmed. My oldest daughter was the princess of puke - all the time, every ounce she ate, etc. The medicines helped OVER TIME, and the rest of the time we just put up with it. The special formula for spit up stained everything orange (did not come out) and she didn't like it! We tried all the tricks in the book and a lot of them helped.
You can also try pumping and using bottles to feed baby more upright. We did one bottle a day (Dr. Browns 0r the new perfectly clear BPA-free Evenflo) of breast milk mostly at bedtime and it seemed to help both kids. My Medela pump-in-style was expensive but it has survived two kids and multiple plane/road trips. It also has large breast shields you can buy separately if you have large nipples - much more comfortable.
I don't know where you are but we use Dothan Pediatric Clinic in Dothan, Alabama, and they're wonderful. Dr. Barron is great.
Also, go get a copy of BABY 411 - this book saved our lives when we were new parents and we still use it. It's fabulous and written by a pediatrician and mother in Austin. It has a section on reflux, too.
Just be patient and trust yourself. Babies do out grow this! Give the medicine time to work (mine took Zantac, which helps but isn't a cure). They still spit up a lot but they stopped fussing from the pain and fed well - which is the most you can ask for if they're growing. Good luck and feel free to email me if I can help any further!
A.C. answers from Oklahoma City on November 04, 2008
breastmilk is always best, and easier to digest with reflux than formula. don't give up nursing, for you or your son's benefit. ask a lactation consultant or try a different dr. your's must not know too much about reflux or breastmilk.