The Nightmare of Reflux

I want to talk about reflux. This is such a hard time when our little one is fighting the breast or bottle because of pain. You may be reading this in tears, thinking you will never have a baby that will sleep or eat normally.
As a newborn care specialist and sleep consultant, I have had over one hundred clients over 11 years with reflux.

I want to give you some good tips. Depending on the severity of the reflux you may need medicine. So, the go-to medicine is Zantac. Zantac is weight sensistive, so if the baby gains weight you will need to up the dose. Again this is when you need to have a good doctor on hand. There are also other stronger drugs but it’s best to visit a gastrointestinal doctor.

two areas to look at are the mom’s diet and the baby’s formula. We have so many choices to choose from. My go-to formula is Holle or Hipp. If that isn’t available you can look at Baby’s Only Organic. This is a more expensive formula but so much healthier than your other choices. I want to give you other options too. Here is a great website 

Here are some simple tips:

  • Colic Calm this is charcoal gripe water.
  • Sit the baby upright for 15 to 20 minutes after each feed.
  • Feed more often fewer ounces so every 2 hours 3 ounces.
  • Make a reflux nest that is in the crib. You can email me for details.
  • Sticking to a routine helps the baby know what to expect.
  • Thicken breastmilk or formula 
  • If breastfeeding, try an elimination diet.

When I talk about a routine, it’s important to be consistent. Let’s say your baby is 4 months old. You aren’t sure if it’s sleep regression or if your baby just doesn’t know how to sleep through the night, plus you have a baby with reflux. My goal would be to feed every 2 to 3 hours small portion sizes, say 3 to 4 ounces max. Naps need be at the same time every day. I would suggest you have naps be in the crib. Babies at 4 months tend to need to be down about 1.5 hours after wake up.

This is what a 3-hour feeding and nap schedule look like:

  • Feeding schedule: 7,10,1,4 and 6:30p
  • Naps schedule: 8:30-10a, 11:30-1p, 2:30-4p…catnap 5-5:30

You can adjust the feedings if baby needs to eat more frequently but try for all naps to be in the crib or wherever your baby is sleeping.

What the bedroom should look like for naps and bedtime:

  • Blackout curtains.
  • Sound machine. (brown sound)
  • No mobiles or toys in the crib.
  • Breathable bumpers ONLY this makes baby more secure feeling.
  • Lay baby down awake but drowsy.

You can see you’re creating a good sleep environment and routine.  So, to help manage reflux and have your baby sleeping is possible. But if you still feel lost, and need a little more support, please let us know we will be happy to help!

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