My son is 4 months old and has been vomiting since birth. He was diagnosed with relux at 6 weeks. I have now reached such a state of confusion over what is causing his reflux, that I am unsure what to do!
For the first 6 weeks he vomited, screamed and had explosive green poo. At first I thought it was an oversupply issue so I tried block feeding, but he was constantly hungry and always wanted the second breast. Then I tried eliminating dairy products from my diet thinking that it might be a temporary lactose intolerance issue. This definately helped and his poo turned yellow within 24 hours. The screaming also stopped, but the vomiting continued.
At 6 weeks the Dr gave him ranitidine, which seemed to calm him down but did not stop the vomiting.
At 9 weeks I wanted to introduce a bottle or two of formula a day. At this point the Dr told me that the reflux was connected to the lactose intolerance and gave me lactose free formula milk. I continued with a dairy free diet.
When the vomiting didnt improve the Dr suggested it could be a cows milk protein allergy. But the formula has cows milk protein in it and I have never noticed my son have a reaction to it. In contrast I feel he vomits more after the breast milk- so I dont think it can be a milk protein issue. I started to take a small amount of milk into my diet as an experiment- and it doesnt seem to have an effect on him anymore.
So at the moment I am breastfeeding 4-5 times a day and giving the lactose free formula once or twice a day.The vomiting contiues on a daily basis.
He typically has a reflux 'flare up', once or twice a week usually lasting 24 -48hrs. This starts during the night when he would want an extra feed or two. By the morning he is gassy,unsettled and doesnt really take his morning feed. The day then goes on with him unsettled, crying, vomitting and passing wind and wanting a feed more than usual. I have tried keeping a food diary and have noticed that I once or twice I ate peanuts before a big flare up. Other than that I cant find a connection.
Im feeling totally lost. What should I be eating or not eating? Is it a breastmilk issue- do I have oversupply problems? Should I scrap the lactose free formula now and give the normal stuff? I hate seeing him in pain. Any advice would be appreciated.