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    Unhappy Acid Reflux/Poops and Breastfeeding

    Our son is 7 weeks old. During week 4 I noticed he would get really
    fuzzy and unconsolable either right after feeding or .30 after day or
    night. Because of the frequency colic was not diagnose. He is
    strictly breastfed and feeds every 2 to 3 hours and has frequent pees
    and poops a day (6 times at least of varying degrees - streaks or full
    diapers). A week ago - after much pressing our pediatritian - he has
    been diagnosed with perhaps having acid reflux. We were given axid to
    treat it. While giving him this, his feedings and bowel
    movements/peeing remain constant. The medication did not seem to help
    so we were told to add rice cereal to some of his feedings while still
    giving him the med. All of a sudden he went from 6 poops to zero at
    which point we were told to add some prune juice whenever we mix rice
    cereal with breastmilk. Now, the fuzzyness continues except when
    given rice cereal but then he doesnt poop unless we give him prune
    juice - which makes him extra fuzzy when he farts or needs to poop.
    Now I feel that he is still suffering uncomfortably from this reflux
    condition and to add to this, he doesnt poop frequently which adds to
    my concern. Not sure what to do. Help

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    Default Re: Acid Reflux/Poops and Breastfeeding

    oh mama, this must be so hard for you



    I am so surprised that your doc suggested cereal and then prune juice Babies this young aren't ready for those things. Their digestive tract simply can't handle it. My son has acid reflux and it took about a week for the medication to work. He is taking zantac. There are other meds out there as well that may work. I think I would change meds before I would add cereal or juices to his diet.

    I have some links for you with other information. I'll be right back with those
    ~Jenn~


    mother of 2 boys!
    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

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    People need to understand that when they're deciding between breastmilk and formula, they're not deciding between Coke and Pepsi.... They're choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available. ~Chele Marmet

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    Default Re: Acid Reflux/Poops and Breastfeeding

    From kellymom
    What about thickened feeds?
    Baby cereal, added to thicken breastmilk or formula, has been used as a treatment for GER for many years, but its use is controversial.

    Does it work? Thickened feeds can reduce spitting up, but studies have not shown a decrease in reflux index scores (i.e., the “silent reflux” is still present). Per Donna Secker, MS, RD in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease , "The effect of thickened feedings may be more cosmetic (decreased regurgitation and increased postprandial sleeping) than beneficial." Thickened feeds have been associated with increased coughing after feedings, and may also decrease gastric emptying time and increase reflux episodes and aspiration. Note that rice cereal will not effectively thicken breastmilk due to the amylase (an enzyme that digests carbohydrates) naturally present in the breastmilk.

    Is it healthy for baby? If you do thicken feeds, monitor baby’s intake since baby may take in less milk overall and thus decrease overall nutrient intake. There are a number of reasons to avoid introducing cereal and other solids early. There is evidence that the introduction of rice or gluten-containing cereals before 3 months of age increases baby's risk for type I diabetes. In addition, babies with GERD are more likely to need all their defenses against allergies, respiratory infections and ear infections – but studies show that early introduction of solids increases baby’s risk for all of these conditions.

    The breastfeeding relationship: Early introduction of solids is associated with early weaning. Babies with reflux are already at greater risk for fussy nursing behavior, nursing strikes or premature weaning if baby associates reflux discomfort with breastfeeding.

    Safety issues: Never add cereal to a bottle without medical supervision if your baby has a weak suck or uncoordinated sucking skills
    ~Jenn~


    mother of 2 boys!
    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

    ************************************************** ************************************************** *****************
    People need to understand that when they're deciding between breastmilk and formula, they're not deciding between Coke and Pepsi.... They're choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available. ~Chele Marmet

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    Default Re: Acid Reflux/Poops and Breastfeeding

    Reflux meds for infants

    this is just a small portion taken from the above link:
    Many different medicines are now commonly prescribed to manage reflux in infants. Every baby responds differently to medications and some will be more effective for your baby than others. Many babies do better on a combination of several medicine types, such as an H2RA and PPI combination.

    It also can take from one to three weeks for a drug to make a difference in your baby so please follow your pediatrician’s instructions for the full course of the treatment. If your baby is not improving with treatment then contact your pediatrician to discuss trying a different medicine, or a combination of medicines.
    The above link also explains the different drugs that can be safely given to your baby. Oh, and I'm pretty sure that when you stop the cereal, the poop will come

    Good luck mama!
    Last edited by @llli*sch.mommy; November 28th, 2008 at 08:11 AM.
    ~Jenn~


    mother of 2 boys!
    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

    ************************************************** ************************************************** *****************
    People need to understand that when they're deciding between breastmilk and formula, they're not deciding between Coke and Pepsi.... They're choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available. ~Chele Marmet

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