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#1 of 4 Old 10-27-2010, 11:31 PM - Thread Starter
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I am in desperate need of advice. I have a former 25 weeker who is now 4 months adjusted (7 months actual) has been home from the NICU for 3 months. When he first came home, he was feeding fine from the bottle every 3 hours (he would cry, we would feed him, etc). After a few weeks he started developing an aversion to the bottle and now he will only eat while asleep. Our pediatrician thought it was silent reflux and maxed his dose of Prevacid. The reflux doesn't seem to bother him, but he still won't take the bottle while awake. He doesn't cry, but swats at the bottle with his hands, tongue thrusts, leans back to avoid bottle, does everything he can so it doesn't go in his mouth. I'm scared because the SLP told us that he will soon lose the ability to eat in his sleep. If he doesn't sleep eat, he will literally starve himself and not eat. He doesn't cry for hunger anymore. We don't want a feeding tube...any advice out there?? Please help us!
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Have you tried a different kind of bottle? Have you tried syringe feeding? Perhaps the flow on the nipple isn't right or he's getting gas. Maybe try a bottle like Dr. Browns which has a Preemie nipple to slow the flow down.

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We've tried all sorts of bottles and flows. We've also tried thickening the milk with Simply Thick. We've tried syringe feeding, but it takes an hour just to get 10mLs down. He ends up spitting out alot. He does have gas, but could that cause this severe of an aversion? We are going to a GI doc in a couple of days, so hopefully he will have some answers.
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