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My friend has a 12 wk old dd who she is bfing since birth. Her dd is showing signs of reflux and/or possible lactose intolerance and I would like to be able to pass on some advice from other bfing moms. I have a ds who suffered with reflux but he was on ebm due to being preemie so haven't gone through the actual bfing. Here is what I told her so far:<br>
1. Stick to bfing. Her ped gave her lactose free formula, I suggested she focus on maintaining a good nursing relationship.<br>
2. Check her diet for irritants and cut out dairy if it is a factor.<br>
3. Let her dd demand feed even if it is little and often. Her ped said her dd should be feeding every 3-4 hours but she is more like 1.5 - 2. I expressed that this seems normal to me.<br><br>
Her dd's symptoms are:<br>
1. Crying<br>
2. Pulling off the breast<br>
3. Back arching<br>
4. Colic symptoms which are much worse when exposed to dairy<br><br>
Does anyone have any advice in addition to what I've told her or any corrections to what I said? I'm also setting up some LLL support to help her through this.<br><br>
I would really appreciate any advice or support so that I can pass on the comments to her. I think her ped might be a bit stoopid and doesn't really understand bfing, I had similar experiences with my ds being undiagnosed. I also suggested her dd might be getting a bit bored with life at home and it crying as she is ready for being out and about. I suggested a mei tai as a tool to help with this.<br><br>
Thanks mama's I really appreciate your expertise and I know my friend will really appreciate any positive comments or helpful advice.
 

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After nursing I have to let my DS lay on his left side. Taking him and burping makes it WORSE, because then it really starts to come up. I wait for 30 minutes or until he wakes up from his catnap on the nursing pillow and then burp him. Keeping him upright (especially carseat!) after feeding seems to make it worse for my DS.<br><br>
Your friend will have to experiment.
 

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Seems like you have told her the important bits. Good on you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Here are a few more things that worked for me:<br><br>
-clothing: no waistbands, just loose all in ones<br>
-mommas diet: not just dairy free, watch out for wheat/gluten, and tomato (later I found bananas, apples, avocadoes, rice and potatoes also irritated him)<br>
-small frequent feeds are best, hard work, but kindest<br>
-frequent winding during feeding<br>
-feed baby as upright as possible or lying down if that works<br>
-consider sleeping baby on its tummy - keep in mind this is not recommended for SIDS reasons, but it sure helps with sleep and pain in reflux babies<br>
-find the angle that works for the individual: one of mine just liked slightly propped but one needed almost bolt upright, which is why the swing worked for one but not the other, ditto the sling, front pack, buggy, bouncy chair. Once I found exactly what angle worked for least pain, we set everything to that angle. The carseat was the worst - in the end we had to buy a new one for the one who needed to be more upright.<br>
-prop the cot head (books under the feet is good)<br>
-music is a good distraction, dancing with a baby who is digesting is good too.<br><br><br>
Good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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