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    i have a 5 year old that has had reflux since birth, and it was terrible with breastfeeding (still on alot of meds), my now 6 week old has just been diagnosed and i do not want to go through the same as i did 5 years ago. i ended up pumping and mixing with cereal, then going to formula...it seemed to rob us of our special time, i am returning to work on sunday (i work 3 12hour nights) and i really don't want to stop nursing, any help or new info for breastfeeding with reflux? our doc says continue what we are doing, but i am concerned...my son was 10 lb 2 oz at birth (4 weeks premie...my 5 yr old 9 10 and 4 weeks preemie), he went down to 9 5 the day we left hospital, yesterday at checkup he was 11 2, our dr says that is fine, but his symptoms are increasingly worse, it took me awhile to figure it out (denial from previous experience). any help?

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    Amy,
    Congratulations on your newest little one. First, I would remind you that breastfeeding is easier on the digestive system then anything else so it really is the best thing you can do for him. Next, I have some more questions... What are his symptoms of reflux? He seems to be gaining well. What type of let down do you have? Any other ideas or input as to what might be causing the reflux?

    Katie

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    katie,
    thanks for writing back. at first i thought it was my letdown, it is very forceful, so i would let it expell into a burp cloth, he was gulping and choking. but that still didn't stop the vomiting, burping, hiccupping, and snorting. his spit ups are becoming so severe that it comes not just out mouth, but out nose also. i did cotact my 5 year olds pediatric gi specialist today, and he is going to see my newborn also, i need the reassurance. we are doing small more frequent feeds (which andrew loves since he thinks of me as his human pacifier, and i am...)hopefully, a combination of expressing the letdown, smaller more frequent feeds,more burping during feeds, and better positioning during, holding upright 20 min after, and inclining during sleep (out of my bed and into his... pouting on my part) will help. if you have any other suggestions or reading info, let me know. thanks, am

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    Hi Amy. My daughter also has reflux. She use to scream and spit up large amounts after feedings. My pediatrician prescribed zantac and she has been taking it twice a day. Now that doesn't stop the spiting up but she is no longer in pain. Just like you I was doing the smaller more frequent feedings, and keeping her upright for 20 -25 min after nursing. She is four months now and I still keep her upright after nursing (for atleast 20 min) but she is able to keep most if not all of her meal down, as long as I don't move her around to much and I'm able to get her to burp. It use to be bad but it is alot better now. Hang in there.

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    My son was diagnosed with reflux at about 2 months after lots of spit up some very strong(nose etc.) lots of hiccuping etc. They did an ultrasound of his stomach and also discovered his pyloric valve was slightly inflamed. He went on meds and not much seems to help until I changed my diet and cut our soy(I am a vegetartian) and within 2 weeks the problem had totally cleared up. Consider something in your own diet, dairy and soy are especially bad, and see if cutting it out doesn't make a difference. It can take up to 2 weeks to have an effect. I only wish I had discovered it sooner!

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    thanks for all the great tips. any other foods to watch out for besides soy and dairy?

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