Hi all - DD is about a week shy of 6 months old now. She has fought the breast almost from the beginning - at least since a few weeks old. I have OS/OALD but corrected that and am still block nursing. It takes an extreme amount of soothing to get her to nurse, and she will only nurse a few minutes at a time. She nurses fine while asleep, and usually every hour during the night (we co-sleep). Those are the main symptoms... but we saw an IBCLC a few weeks ago (third one we've seen) and she suggested silent reflux (DD has not spit up much since before I started block feeding, but swallows a lot, has a rumbly tummy, hiccups a lot, slow weight gain, etc.). We saw the pediatrician and he prescribed Zantac at the lowest dose. We started giving it to her last Wednesday (over a week ago).
It seemed to help for a couple days. DD did well, not fighting the breast too much, still ate only a few minutes at a time but more often. And she went from drinking 8oz of EBM while I'm at work to 12oz. But, since last weekend, she's been fighting the breast even harder. The pediatrician increased her Zantac dose three days ago, and it didn't help. I've already made a call to the LC and she is supposed to get back to me to give us some more help. The weird thing is that DD is still eating 12oz while I'm at work.
But my question is, for you mamas with reflux babies, how long did it take you to see a difference on the medication? Did any of you have babies whose main symptom was fighting the breast and slow or no weight gain? Since my DD doesn't spit up, I can't use it as a gauge for improvement.
I'm just wondering if it's been long enough on the Zantac that we should get rid of medication all together and look into another reason for the breast refusal? Should we try a different medication? Maybe she's become accustomed to not trusting the breast, so she continues to fight it, despite feeling better? (In which case, I know I should try some serious skin-to-skin and kangaroo care. I have been doing evening baths with her, taking her outside more, etc. and sometimes it helps but I can't do skin-to-skin every day for the rest of our breastfeeding relationship!)