We're visiting my mom and she runs a home daycare. One of the babies is 4 1/2 months old (been with my mom since 8 wks old) and her mom is breastfeeding her and bringing pumped milk in bottles for the baby when my mom has her (5 days a week). But her mom is trying to figure out what's going on so I thought I'd see if any of you ladies have any ideas.
This past Monday and Wednesday nights mom fed baby some rice cereal. On Wednesday when she was here she drank her bottles of breastmilk great. On Thursday and Friday it was a struggle to get any milk into her. She would cry, arch her back, kick, spit milk out. She was a little spitty for her - apparently she never spits up but she did 2 little spit-ups on Thursday and Friday. My mom suggested holding off on cereal as she's still young and she wondered if it's bothering her. She's normally a very happy baby, but was fussier the end of last week. She is very stiff, like we can't place her in a sitting position with us on the floor and just support her to play, she just doesn't bend.
Baby's mom called today because it's been a struggle to feed the baby this weekend. She doesn't want to take bottles and sometimes fights nursing, but will do that better than a bottle. She had a low fever on Saturday for a few hours and a little gooky nose. Her parents took her to the Dr's and he said her ears are fine, she's not teething, and he doesn't feel like she really has a cold, just a little yucky nose. She's been fussy this weekend and arching her back a lot during feeding. She's had thrush and was getting nystatin after every feeding but the Dr said today that the thrush is gone. he doesn't feel the rice cereal would cause her to be so cranky and fighting eating, but said not to give it to her for now while she figures this out.
The baby's mom is pretty stressed and said she didn't sleep much this weekend because the baby has been so cranky and feeding has been a struggle. She asked if I had any ideas since I've been nursing my kids for so long. But I don't really know a whole lot about bottle feeding as we haven't done much of that. So I thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas. I was wondering about reflux when I fed her a bottle last week, but her mom says she doesn't arch her back at all when nursing, just bottles. We've all tried a bottle with a different nipple, waiting longer between feedings, etc and nothing helped.
Anyone have any ideas?