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    Default Anyone change from breastfeeding to formula to improve reflux?

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    Most on here know I'm a big bottle feeding supporter but statistically there is no difference of reflux incidence between bm or formula. DS had reflux from my EBM then when I stopped pumping at about 14 weeks and put him on formula it didn't change. Even using AR formula didn't help. The meds helped slightly but what did wonders was solids.

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    Which solids helped? Ds is 5 months and has just flared up with bad reflux and we are struggling with a very sad baby anf no sleep. He started bad about 10 dsys ago, I started him on farex a week ago and the doctor started him on meds yesterday (nexium). Not sure if solids are helping making him worse. I wondered if meds combined with ar formula or something similar would help (im also very over breastfeeding). Im having a bad day today iv cried nearly all day im exhausted.

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    Reflux meds usually take a good 2 weeks to work, not sure why. DS was on Zoton suspension very similar to what your child is on. He like DD hated farax, but within 24 hours of putting him on purees (pumpkin and potato was good) it settled down heaps.

    If you've had enough of bfing hun, then switch. 5 months is a great effort and formula won't (usually) make it worse, it just won't make it better iykwim. But I know the hell of having a reflux baby, it's the reason I switched bc emotionally I couldn't handle the pumping, my 3yo and a screaming baby. So my long winded point is formula probably won't help, but you may be more emotionally balanced to carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Reflux meds usually take a good 2 weeks to work, not sure why. DS was on Zoton suspension very similar to what your child is on. He like DD hated farax, but within 24 hours of putting him on purees (pumpkin and potato was good) it settled down heaps.

    If you've had enough of bfing hun, then switch. 5 months is a great effort and formula won't (usually) make it worse, it just won't make it better iykwim. But I know the hell of having a reflux baby, it's the reason I switched bc emotionally I couldn't handle the pumping, my 3yo and a screaming baby. So my long winded point is formula probably won't help, but you may be more emotionally balanced to carry on.
    Thank you so much the doctor wouldn't even talk about me weaning and said im doing 'the right thing' by breastfeeding. What did you do to puree potatoes? Boil and blend? Did you add anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillerHeels View Post
    Thank you so much the doctor wouldn't even talk about me weaning and said im doing 'the right thing' by breastfeeding. What did you do to puree potatoes? Boil and blend? Did you add anything?

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    Yep I steamed potato and pumpkin together until it was pretty soft then put it in the food processor until the lumps were gone. You can also add a tiny bit of formula (or bm) to it just to thin it out a little bit. DS's favs at that stage:

    potato and pumpkin
    sweet potato
    apple
    pears

    All those are pretty bland, soft and aren't likely to upset his tummy.

    AS to doing the right thing.... the best thing for your child is having a calm (ish lol) mum be it whatever feeding method she tries. I get so frustrated reading women who have med pros completely shut down dialogue about formula. Yes it's the most natural choice, but not always the best one.


 

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