My son Thomas is nearly 16 weeks old. He is exclusively breast fed.
At 5 weeks of age, he started "fighting me" at the breast. He was diagnosed with reflux. We tried antacids, then infant Gaviscon and finally about 6 weeks ago, Losec an acid blocker. The Losec has definitely helped improve his pain, but there are still some things that don't seem quite right.
Firstly, his weight gain. While this is contraversial, he is not gaining according to the charts. This seems to worry the clinic nurse. His birth weight was 3.38kg's and 2 weeks ago he was 5.4kg's. The paediatrician is not worried. He feels Thomas is healthy, active, alert and happy. Which he is. He has at least 2 poos a day and lots of wet nappies.
What seems to be happening with some regularity is him not wanting to feed. He will suck for a few sucks then push away. He is getting upset, but not like he is pain (like before the Losec). He is just not happy. I am demand feeding him all the time, and at these hunger strike times, I am even offering him feeds over and above his demands to try entice him to eat. I am careful not to force him, but I have also become increasingly frustrated and stressed which I am sure he feels. I am beginning to feel like I cannot cope, and I know I have to relax. I feel like I am fighting myself.
I do have milk as when he pulls away it is squirting all over his face. I have also expressed and I have a supply.
We are in a hunger strike at the moment. He has hardly eaten today, but is sleeping well. This has gone on for 3 days now, getting progressively worse. His last hunger strike semed to last a few days then resolve itself. To repeat itself a week or more later. We have had 3 distinct hunger strikes. The first when my inlaws came to visit = stress, the second when I had to have two lumps removed = stress. Now, I cannot seem to think what might be the problem.
I know my stress levels play a factor, but I honestly don't feel stressed at the moment.
I have also cut out all dairy since we started the Losec.
I don't know what to do anymore! Doctor is not worried, but I feel a wreck. I am blaming myself, and feel like I must be stunting him in some way.
I am not sure what I am asking, I guess any similar sotries, information, tips, guidance, support, anything..... I feel pretty desperate.
Thanking you all in advance x