Breastfeeding a Baby with Reflux - Feeding Reflux Babies
Breastfeeding a baby with reflux is one of the best things you can do - and one of the most frustrating!. It's easy to doubt that you are doing the right thing if you breastfeed and your baby continues to have reflux. Well-meaning friends, family and physicians will frequently suggest you stop breastfeeding and try various bottles and special formulas for feeding a reflux baby. Before you stop breastfeeding focus on making some changes and documenting diet and reactions. And remember, if you have stopped breastfeeding it's never too late to re-lactate.
Feeding Reflux Babies - Breast versus Bottle and Breastmilk versus Formula
We've compiled information on whether infant reflux is better to feed from the breast versus the bottle, if breastmilk is better for reflux then formula and which formulas are best for reflux. Certain baby bottles are better for infant reflux and we discuss those.
Breastfeeding a Baby with Reflux - Overactive Letdown, Oversupply and Block Nursing
We have information on overactive letdown and oversupply causing infant reflux and foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. These are easily correctible and often times will improve reflux tremendously. Both conditions can cause increased reflux and green mucousy stools by causing the baby to take in too much air while feeding or causing gastric distress. Block nursing is a simple experiment you can try to resolve these issues.
Breastfeeding a Baby with Reflux - Elimination Diet
Many babies have intolerances to foods in our modern diet. This is a likely cause for the increasing numbers of both infants and adults with reflux annually. As more foods are genetically modified and new processed ingredients are introduced into the food chain all the time we have increasing opportunity to react to foods. Eliminating foods from your diet will sometimes completely or partially resolve your baby's reflux.
Feeding Reflux Babies - Feeding Positions for Reflux
The perfect feeding position may eliminate fussiness, gas, colic and reflux. You know how uncomfortable it is when you drink lying down so why make your baby do it? The perfect digestive position for anyone is upright as possible with a straight spine and no pressure on the tummy.
Feeding Reflux Babies - Enzymes and Probiotics for Better Gut Flora and a Stronger Immune System
The stronger your natural immune system is, the better your body performs all functions including digestion. Some 70-90% of the immune function comes from gut flora - good bugs that colonize in your intestinal tract and help you fight off harmful bacteria. This is why patients have diarrhea following a round of antibiotics - the drugs kill off beneficial bacteria that support your healthy bodily functions. Yogurt is often advised to help you rebuild them again because it contains probiotics. Babies are born without colonies of gut flora but you can give your baby the gift of good health - by building up your own colony and then passing it on to your baby through your breastmilk or by giving your baby probiotic drops.
During any of these trials be sure your baby is gaining weight and has the correct number of wet diapers for his age. A Board Certified Lactation Consultant can help you verify if block nursing is right for your situation. See When to Seek Help from a Lactation Consultant for more information. To find a Lactation Consultant in your area you can contact www.ILCA.org. For more information on breastfeeding see www.lalecheleague.org and www.kellymom.com.
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