My son is now 7 weeks old and has started spitting up his milk. He always seemed to bring some up in his throat as I could hear him kind of gargle. But now he is actually vomiting. He had gastro entiritis a cpl of wks ago and had bad diarrhea but that cleared up and his poo is the nice orangey yellow curdy type now. Last week his tummy was very hard and I was paranoid he had a blocked intestine so took him to A & E. (poor thing) Anyway, the doctor there suggested he has GERD and gave us gaviscon infant which I have been using to no real effect. Also, while trying to give it to my son he tends to choke on it so I am reluctant to give it to him. The spitting up does not seem to cause him pain but I can hear him gargling in his throat after feeds and at night I hear him nearly choking which scares me to death. He hates being put on his back during the day but at night will go sometimes 5 hours asleep only to wake and feed for 10 mins and then go back to sleep. In the day he wants to feed constantly unless I am out for a walk and then he sleeps. It is driving me to despair as I dont know if he is feeding for comfort to ease the pain in his throat or whether he is actually hungry or has wind. Feeding seems to help him have a BM and he does grunt, groan and scream when trying to pass wind or have a BM. I dont know if the screaming is pain from reflux or trapped wind. The last few days he has started squirming at the breast when feeding and then pull away only to want to feed again after about 5 minutes. He also arches his back when i lay him down to sleep during the day but not all the time. He will feed sometimes for a good hour and other times for only 5 minutes. Sometimes he gets into a frenzy, its as though he is starving although has just fed. My nipples are getting very sore now from the constant fussiness. I love him so much but I am so frustrated and dont know whether I can BF much longer. Please help. If he is crying or screaming he can be settled by feeding and the whole sequence starts over again. If it was reflux wouldnt he be inconsolable??
He is gaining weight fine and seems alert and happy otherwise.