My baby has reflux and we tried rice when she was still in the NICU. Like one of the pp said, our doc told us that rice works for some babies and doesn't work for others. One other problem for breastfed babies is that breastmilk breaks down the rice reducing potential effectiveness (this was what the docs told us). We tried the rice in breastmilk anyway, but unfortunately it did nothing. I know a lot of people are horrified by the idea of giving young babies rice, but for me, in terms of trying to do no harm to a baby, I would rather use rice than medication. Our docs put off using meds as long as possible because they said there are no good studies of the longterm effects of many of these meds-and some turn out to be scary,Reglan, for example, used to be widely prescribed but is now recognized to have serious potential side effects- which can potentially be a lot worse for babies than rice. If my baby had shown any signs of having gut issues, or if we had a family history of allergies I might have said no to the rice.
All that said, after we tried the rice and it didn't work, we moved to zantac, which also didn't work. My lo has now been taking prevacid for six months and it works really well for her.
ETA: It looks like there is a discussion in Breastfeeding Challenges that might be useful to you about figuring out whether a baby is having reflux issues or a hindmilk/foremilk issue.
Edited by maryeliz - 7/10/11 at 9:29am