Hello... I need some advice on what to do. My baby is 10.5 weeks. Apparently she has silent reflux. I had no idea because she does not fuss or cry any more than a normal baby would. I have seen her spit up and she does so without discomfort. She almost seems relieved by it. I have also heard her silently refluxing and again it doesnt seem to bother her. I believe she had painful reflux earlier on, and a flare up last week when I consumed some dairy.
Heres the thing - at weighted feeds with my LC - she takes no more than about 2 oz at a time and then starts pulling off the nipple. She doesnt scream or fuss, she just stops eating. My LC says she is refusing to take in more because she has learned that taking in more could cause her pain. I have never counted out how many feeds we do in a day. I usually start to keep record than get caught up with taking care of baby and forget to record frequency. I feed her on demand. It could be an hour, 2, 3 or 4 hours between feeds during day. She usually eats 2-3 times overnight. Baby has been prescribed zantax but we havent given it to her b/c again, she doesnt seem bothered by the reflux as far as we can tell. My baby has plenty of wet diapers, poos almost everyday, she naps well, is alert and content while awake, and reaching milestones. She is chubby with fat rolls. Her dr was very pleased with her yesterday, commenting on how vigorous she is. So because baby takes in so little at each feed and her weight gain is slow, my LC recommends I pump 2-4 day to increase my supply. she also thinks having baby on meds will relieve reflux pain so she will eat more.
I am writing today b/c I do not want to pump. Heres why. I am just getting to the point where breastfeeding has become a lovely, special time of bonding between me and my daughter, esp during evening feedings. Why? b/c my breasts are nice and "empty". with my breasts like this, my baby actually suckles at my breast for extended periods, she drinks peacefully with lots of "kehs", she doesnt get overwhelmed by the letdown and actually falls asleep comfort nursing at my breast!!! It feels so great!!! oh, and tiny baby burps come up with ease. My experience with breastfeeding up to this point has been my baby gulping, taking in tons of air and feeding for no more than 2-3 minutes at a time , then spending lots of time trying to coax out huge, painful belches from her aching belly. overnight and early morning feedings are still often like this, though improving. My LC tells me that my babe should be able to handle my flow by now, that its not overactive letdown, it's a normal letdown. My fear is that if I pump, my breasts are going to become overly full and my baby is going to again struggle with the flow. I want her to gain weight and I do not want to lose supply due to her taking such small amounts, at the same time i do not want to pump myself into a state where baby will be overwhelmed by flow.
Here is her weight history:
9/22 - birth 6lbs
9/24 - left hospital = 5lbs 8 oz
10/ 4 - 7lbs
10/22 - 8lbs 15 oz
11/4 - 9, 13 oz
11/7 - posterior Tongue tie revision
11/13 - 10, 2 oz
11/20 - 10, 7 oz
11/22 - 10, 10 oz
11/29 - 10, 14.5 oz
12/5 - 10 13 oz
12/6- 10 15 oz
im at 5 feet 105 lbs, my hubby is 5' 6" 135 lbs.
Any guidance will be appreciated, thanks!