|Breastfeeding and Infant Reflux|
|Written by RMacLean|
|Thursday, 10 February 2005 13:25|
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 is the case:
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More—non-medical—benefits: spit up from breast milk is much easier to clean up, less likely to stain than formula spit up and smells better.
Babies with reflux can take two completely different approaches to mealtime. Some become frequent and aggressive feeders, guzzling fast and demanding more. These babies seem to get relief from the natural antacid effects of the milk, likely from the closeness to mom and soothing action of suckling. This is exhausting for the mothers and can actually increase reflux episodes if babies tummy gets too full.
Others take the complete opposite approach. They learn that food hurts and decide to protect themselves from the pain and discomfort they associate with eating, they become very difficult to feed or refuse food altogether. Some things that can help are keeping the baby as upright as possible, feeding while the baby is sleeping, the use of white noise like a vacuum or the shower running, have proven effective for many moms. Try keeping the baby as relaxed as possible and avoid the natural reaction to panic or get upset that baby won't eat. Since your baby senses and reacts to your distress, this will only prove to increase their anxiety over mealtimes. If these things, along with the rest of the lifestyle adjustments for reflux don't help, medication may be the next step. For these babies it's important to stop the pain they feel when they eat. If they are able to eat without pain, the bad associations will stop and so will the feeding problems.
Eliminating milk products and even some of the other foods* known to irritate reflux can benefit some breastfed refluxers.
*fried or creamy style vegetables, tomatoes, citrus: such as oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, anything prepared with whole milk or high-fat, cold cuts, sausage, bacon, fatty meat, chicken fat/skin, all animal or vegetable oils, chocolate, carbonated beverages, chicken, beef, milk, or cream-based soups
Reviewed By Dave Olson, MD
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2009 19:41 )|
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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.