Re: Over eating and reflux
Hey momma, my LO did have reflux, nursed a ton and gained very quickly in the beginning. That kind of weight gain in a breastfed baby is generally normal. They gain a lot in the first year, then it slacks off. We discovered my LO reflux at about 2 months, but even now looking back there were many factors I didn't take into account for treating him/me to help cope. Cutting back feedings would never be a route to take. There were several occassions that my LO would nurse so much that in minutes it would ALL come back up and I just couldn't believe how much he had eaten! BUT, it was A-OK. Now my LO did have silent reflux, where he didn't actually spit up, but it came up and went back down (more like adult refulx, poor guy). From my experience, nursing on demand was the biggest help for him. It would have been even moreso had he actually spit up all the time. Then at least I would know he was digesting some of that milk before it came back up since breast milk is digested so quickly.
Sad, but true, is that a lot of peds don't fully understand a breastfeeding relationship and the uses of breastfeeding. Even as well intentioned as they are. Suggesting to limit a baby's nursing never seems like good advice to me (unless there is an issue that I just haven't heard of). Keep nursing that baby momma.
What I did to combat reflux:
inclining LO for at least 30 minutes after each nursing
burp often (as in 2- 3 times each feeding just to be sure)
baby wear (keep that baby close to you, its comforting and some of the positions are helpful for their discomfort)
Now in saying all that... a thought came to me. Does baby seem to be uncomfortable? Or just spitting up a lot? As stated by PP and said by many very smart ladies on here: spit up that is not uncomfortable is merely a laundry issue.
FT working momma to a 9/11/10 busy boy and 11/13/12 happy little man.
Also wife to hubs since 8/23/08, bonus momma to H (girl) -99 and G (boy)-03