help baby wount feed unless asleep
If you might be open to breastfeeding (even if your supply is gone) you can try at breast supplementers like Lact-Aid and Medela Supplemental Nursing System. They are like a pouch with a tube you then put up to your nipple. Baby still drinks formula, but feels the comfort of nursing. And it might revive your breastmilk supply, not sure though.
I wonder if the reflux was/is painful for him and now he is associating feedings with that discomfort? Once he starts eating does he calm down or no? Perhaps the medication and the current formula are not helping with his reflux like they should and you need to try something else? I would bring that up to the doctor, maybe try feeding him when you are there to show them how he is acting so they can see it for themselves.
How about trying other things to calm him for the feeding? Doing some skin-to-skin snuggle time and then bring in the bottle? Maybe try feeding him while you are taking a warm bath together or in a rocking chair to soothe him? Does he take a pacifier?
A lactation consultant might be able to help you even though he's on bottles. You can also ask for a consult to a speech/feeding therapist. Other things to ask for are a modified barium swallow test (which is very simple and non-invasive) and a gastric emptying test.
If those feeding issues have been ruled out, time to get a referral to a GI doctor. My baby had *severe* reflux and feeding aversions. Had to be tube-fed from 3 months on, and was eventually found to have a rare condition that took the right doctor to look for (a good GI doctor). I know how frustrating this is for you-- believe me, I know. The sooner someone can take you seriously the better.
How has your baby's weight gain been since this started? Has he had the same amount of wet diapers? Is the urine darker? If he is showing signs of dehydration please take him to the ER at a children's hospital.
How stressful for you!! :(
Could it possibly be a tongue tie or lip tie? My baby was about 15 weeks old when I discovered his feeding problems (among a host of other symptoms we both had) largely were stemming from a posterior tongue tie and upper labial tie.
This website was very helpful for me in looking thru symptoms: http://milkmatters.org.uk/2011/04/15/hidden-cause-of-feeding-problems-however-you-feed-your-baby/
Just something to keep in mind. :)
I bet your speech therapist could help you with that too. I hope you can get to the bottom of this quickly!!! :)
Oh, I'm so glad I could help, and I hope your sweet baby will find the help he needs!
I know what you mean - I didn't even realize some of my baby's symptoms were not normal until I did some research.
Was your appointment this past Thursday? How did it go? (Sorry, just moved across the country so a little out of the loop..) :)
It sounds like it could be reflux. I had two babies with reflux and both developed a feeding aversion. My dd would only eat if tightly swaddled and walked while I held the bottle in her mouth. My ds flatly refused both nursing and the bottle so I had to resort to spoon feeding him. Is your son still taking reflux meds? (Zantac). Zantac did not work for my dd. My son finally got relief with Prevacid, but sadly his feeding aversion was entrenched by that time so I had to continue spoon feeding him, but at least he was not in pain anymore.
It's common for babies with reflux to refuse bottles or nursing unless sleepy, and it's also common for reflux to not start until the baby is 2-3 months old. It started at 10 weeks with my dd and at about 12 weeks with my son. Before that they both ate normally.
Here's a website that may help you. I hope you get the help you need very soon. I know how hard it is to have a baby who won't eat.
I'm sorry your appointment didn't go so well. :( If you're on Facebook, there's an awesome group that could possibly lend you some support in finding out more about if your son has a tongue tie. It's a closed group - look for "Tongue Tie Babies Support Group". The ppl here are amazing and well versed in tongue and lip ties and the many accompanying symptoms.
Trust your instincts, mama! :)