My three week old is not a happy camper after he eats. After most feedings, he has incredibly loud burps, spits up, often gets the hiccups, and seems to be straining to pass gas or poop. His tummy gets hard, and he appears to be in pain. I would say that after nearly every feeding, he cries for a minimum of 5 minutes, and sometimes up to an hour. This makes it very difficult for him to settle down and sleep, because even if he appears to be asleep after nursing, often when I put him down he will wake up and start grunting and crying. So often, by the time he settles down and sleeps, it is time for him to wake up and eat again (at least during the day - I don't wake him at night). In addition to the tummy pain, he seems cranky and overtired.
I discussed this with his pedi at his 1 and 2 week visits. After the 2 week visit the pedi put him on a probiotic (BioGaia) and also said we could try Maalox. The Maalox seems to have some value (when he doesn't spit it up), but another week has gone by and it is killing me to see my baby in obvious pain every time he eats. At this point, should I be pushing the pedi to try something stronger for reflux?
I should also mention that, at least between the 1 and 2 week visits, he gained 10 oz, so he seems to be gaining well despite the spitting, etc. He is a very efficient eater and typically eats on one side only, for about 10-15 minutes.