Home Feeding, Growth and Nutrition Breastfeeding an Infant With Acid Reflux or GERD

Breastfeeding an Infant With Acid Reflux or GERD

Breastfed babies with reflux and GERD generally seem to cope better than those who are formula fed. Perhaps this is because they get more comfort from the closeness that nursing provides over bottle feeding or because breast milk acts as a natural antacid. Perhaps it is because breast milk is digested much easier and faster than formula or because suckling is soothing. For whatever the reason if you are having a difficult time nursing your newborn with reflux and have considered quitting and switching to formula, or think that your baby will do better on formula, we're here to tell you...DON'T.  Don't quit.  Just about anyone you talk to who has switched, and any expert who knows anything about reflux and breastfeeding will tell you that switching from breastfeeding to formula will almost undoubtedly make reflux worse.

 Breastfeeding and Infant Reflux  Is Baby Getting Enough Breastmilk?  Using A Lactation Aid

It's certainly no secret, breastfeeding is best for baby, but that's particularly true for babies with reflux.  There are a few reasons why this  (...)

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Breastfeeding mothers frequently ask how to know their babies are getting enough milk. The breast is not the bottle, and it is not possible   (...)

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*Disclaimer: The information available on this website should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care for the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of your child's reflux. Please consult with your child's doctor or pharmacist before trying any medication (prescription or OTC) or following any treatment plan mentioned. This information is provided only to help you be as informed as possible about your child's condition.
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