I posted this on another forum as well, then realized it might actually be better suited to this one...
Over the past couple of days, my son has started to exhibit what I believe are symptoms of reflux. These include excessive burping (loud, adult-sounding burps even a couple of hours after eating), gassiness, crying in pain, hiccups, and, what is most worrisome to me, difficulty breastfeeding. He will start to feed and then pull away and look at me, sometimes whining or crying, sometimes not, and though he opens his mouth and tries to feed more, he will pull away again. It just took me an hour to give him what did not feel like a completely adequate feeding, where normally it takes less than half that time. I am going back to work next week and my nanny tried to give him a bottle of pumped milk the other day - he first made really loud gulping noises and then started to cry, and wouldn't eat more than a couple of ounces (he's taken a bottle successfully in the past). I am freaking out, especially because I'm not going to be home starting next week. I took him to the doctor, and his advice was to try giving him Maalox 4x a day.
Just wondering if any of you have ever dealt with these problems, and if you have any advice to make both breast and bottle-feeding easier. Particularly, advice on positions, types of bottles/nipples to use, how to measure out one ml of Maalox in the medicine dropper when the liquid is so thick I can barely get an accurate amount into the dropper much less get it all out, etc.
I'm feeling really upset, as this is a kid who has typically been a very happy, easygoing baby, and I hate to see him having these problems. I'm also worried that his weight gain has slowed substantially, and though the doctor says it is "adequate", I want it to be better than that. He weighs 14 lbs, 13 oz, and gained only 11 oz between his two month appointment and yesterday (two weeks later).
As an FYI, I've been using Avent bottles and nipples but just read some info about BPA that has made me decide to switch, but I'm not sure what to switch to.
If anyone has any thoughts, I'd really appreciate it.