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My son has pretty bad reflux (so did my daughter)<br>
It hasn't affected his nursing a lot, but when he is hurting he arches his back and makes his neck stiff. This makes it difficult for him to latch on... his mouth is wide open and he is fussing to get fed, but his head is moving in the wrong direction! I try to guide his head forward, but he resists and I don't want to hurt him.<br>
What can I do to make it easier for him to latch on.<br><br>
Also I know that my diet is affecting his reflux.. I have cut out most dairy, especially staright cow's milk, but he still is getting gassy and ahving runny stools and red bum and blothcy face.<br><br>
What can I eat?? I might struggling a bit with ppd and am craving chocolate like mad, and am having a hard time really fixing meals.. we are doing easy right now and I know that being lazy is making it worse.<br><br>
HELP!<br><br><br>
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If you're craving chocolate you might need magnesium. Sunflower seeds are really rich in magnesium.<br><br>
When boo went thru the back arching thing, the only way i could nurse him was in the sidelying position. And when it got really bad, sometimes even that was too much for him and i would only be able to nurse him with me lying on my back and he lying on his tummy right on top of me. Another thing that helped was sleep feeding him, letting him nurse in his sleep when he was the most relaxed. My dear dear dh, would walk boo until he was almost asleep and then i'd latch him on, in the side lying position.<br><br>
i've heard good things about the elimination diet <a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t041200.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t041200.asp</a> but havent tried it as we didnt have internet when we were going thru what you're going thru now. One thing that i did learn, was that anything that i eliminated from my diet needed about 3 weeks to show any difference in boo, bc he was/is very sensitive to certain things and it takes a long time to work those things out of his system.
 

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thanks!<br>
i am going to try the elimination diet... just start with the second step as he isn't screaming all night long.<br><br>
i was told by the lc to stay away from all nuts...so sunflwer seeds are out..anything else have magnesium??<br><br>
he doesn't nurse side-lying down well when he is hurting...esp early in the morning. he does nurse that way twice during the night though.<br><br>
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If you are only eliminating some dairy, but not all...Dr. Jay Gordon says his pediatric practice has seen many, many bf babies with reflux get better when Mom eliminates ALL dairy. It could take a few weeks.<br><br><br>
Chocolate or coffee/caffeinated soda might be a problems too.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Definitely elimate ALL dairy. I did this and it worked well to improve dd and ds' reflux when they were little ones. All dairy means anything with milk (incl. dry milk), casein, lactose, whey, and of course any cheese or butter, and so on.<br><br>
I would also be careful about eating tomatoes. At least when I ate lots of tomatoes, ds would get very crampy and he'd spit more.<br><br>
The best position I found for reflux bf'ing is football hold, with a pillow or two under their heads/upper backs to keep them semi-upright. It also helps with the back arching - a classic reflux symptom.<br><br>
Try keeping baby upright for a little while after feeding - at least 30 minutes - by careful positioning in the sling or other baby carrier (we loved our Baby Bjorn for this reason) or infant seat. But be careful not to let him get "scrunched over", putting pressure on his belly will cause milk to come up.<br><br>
In terms of sleeping positions, try raising your mattress (or the crib mattress) a little bit. We had the mattress at almost a 30 deg angle.<br><br>
Try more frequent, smaller feedings for a while.<br><br>
We had good success with using a little Mylicon Drops (just a drop or two) every few hours before a feeding (not with every feeding, but maybe every other). It made the bubbles in the belly little, and therefore easier to burp without a big spit. If you think spitting is associated with burping up air, this may help. (Note: Mylicon drops are completely safe - they are not absorbed into the bloodstream at all.)<br><br>
Also, I liked Gripe Water (Baby's Bliss) which is licorice and chamomile, and helped calm the irritated stomach.<br><br>
For more information on reflux, and an AAP literature review of the various reflux tests, treatments, medicines, see:<br><br><a href="http://www.aap.org/policy/gerd.html" target="_blank">http://www.aap.org/policy/gerd.html</a><br><br>
I found this helpful for dealing with doctors on this issue - so I'd know what they were recommending and whether or not we would try it. We just did Zantac for a few months, and it worked wonders - the lowest possible dose.<br><br>
Sorry this was such a braindump. My dd and ds suffered terribly from reflux for months and so I've been there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> to you mama.
 

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Dairy is the big baddie when it comes to protein sensitivity. Nuts are on the list, but I wouldn't necc assume they are on your list. Nor would I call sunflower seeds a nut.<br><br>
Magnesium is in other foods, or you can take it as a supplement.<br><br>
Dairy, soy, wheat, corn, nuts, shellfish, eggs, they are the top allergens. Acidic foods like tomatoes and citurs too. Chocolate may not be a problem, but the milk in it is! If you get all your other dairy out, perhaps an oz of dark choc would be OK?
 
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