Hi! I'm new to the forum. My son is 6 weeks old.
I'm starting to think this week that we have either OALD, or reflux, or both. We're soaking the bed every night with milk, changing both of our clothes 2-3 times a day. He seems to do what others have described - latching on and off and never settling down for a calm nursing session. However, every time he pulls off, he shrieks, turns a horrid shade of red, and arches his back so miserably, it really looks like he's in pain. He doesn't spit up that much either. He doesn't choke - he coughs really forcefully.
I have been expressing off a good ounce or two after let-down to give him a break, and this seems to be helping, but it so messy. I feel like a prisoner - we can't go anywhere, because he shrieks the whole time he eats, my clothes are always soaked, and hand expressing makes an even bigger mess.
I am really, really leery about giving any medication which is probably what it will lead to if he has reflux. Is there anything a little more benign, alternative that one can give a newborn for reflux to see if it soothes, before jumping into medical management?
Thanks so much.