Just wanted to update.
First, I want to tell you all that I come back to this thread at least once a week for encouragement. Your kind words and advice has meant so much to me.
Next, I will let you know that we are still not breastfeeding yet. It has been over a month
We got the hazelwood necklace in and he has been wearing it for 2 days, but I don't see any immediate results. Maybe it takes a while to start working?
The naturopath wanted to see his reflux in full swing, (and this is sad) - I fed him a bottle of pumped breastmilk and within minutes he was screaming and writhing in pain. At least the naturopath was able to see it, but it set us up for 2 days of reflux woes. She observed that he gets hiccups first (after every breastmilk feeding), she also felt around at what was going on inside and observed that he still screams even when the spasms are not happening. She then gave him a dose of something homeopathic, but it didn't work. We already use the sulphur homeopathic and seems to take the edge off, so we recently gave him that and he is doing better, but on formula still.
The formula does make him more manageable, but it doesn't completely fix the reflux either. This is why Im wondering about thickening his feed. If he's uncomfortable on the formula, then the problem can't be just the breastmilk! Many say that thickening doesn't cure reflux, but I read that it *does* work on a few. There are also some on the reflux boards that say thickening helped them. I want to do a little more research on which is better - breastmilk and rice cereal or no breastmilk at all.
Now on to the Dr's visit. She doesn't think its anything structural, and she gave us Zantac. As you know, I am wary of giving him a pharmeceutical drug because we have allergies in the family and I believe my first son reacted to the Zantac when he was an infant going through the same thing. But, if I have to I will try the Zantac. I am also concerned about what effect the meds will have on his little body.
Please, if anyone has any research concerning the use of Zantac on infants I would love to read it.
Thanks for listening. Still pumping...
Oh and Happy Thanksgiving!