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Feeding a Reflux baby

Feeding a Reflux BabyResearch has shown that breast milk is the perfect food in the perfect proportion for babies to digest, and as such, if your baby is suffering from Reflux, it is advisable to breast feed for as long as possible, remembering the many other benefits when you choose to breast feed.

In some instances breast feeding does not work out, or the reflux is so bad you need some additional advice. If this is the case, consult your Health Care Practitioner for the best way forward. Your Practitioner may suggest a specific Anti-Reflux Formula or thickening agent for expressed breast milk.

 Before I had my two babies, I thought that the difficult part would be giving birth and that breast feeding would come naturally and easily. It wasn't quite like that. Don't get me wrong, the delivery was no walk in the park, but it was over relatively quickly, and I got the most precious little bundle at the end.

I found the breast feeding difficult and a lot of hard work to get it right, maintain the supply, and keep myself healthy in the process. The best advice I can give is to seek help! If you are a Mom like myself, who is struggling, seek advice from a Lactation Consultant, who can help you on the way. I personally called Brenda Pierce, who gave me the encouragement and guidance to persist and succeed in breast feeding. She was so kind and helpful and a source of great knowledge that I was able to proceed confidently, with her continued support as and when I needed it.

Don't wait until your supply is possibly too low, or your baby is possibly not gaining adequate weight; rather call a consultant as soon as possible. Sore nipples, aching breasts, and a screaming hungry baby, are situations that any new Mom can do without. If you are uncertain that the feeding is going well, then have a look at When to seek help from a lactation consultant and find a Lactation Consultant in your area who will be able to help you.

Use whichever method of feeding you choose, or works for you and your baby, as long as he continues to grow and thrive, despite the frequent vomiting, then the vomiting becomes just a nuisance related to the Reflux. However if the baby vomits very frequently, and in such volumes that he is no longer thriving and growing healthily, additional steps need to be taken to try and keep the food in the baby's tummy for longer so that he can absorb the nutrients needed to grow healthily. In this situation it is very important to seek medical advice.

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The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))

Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.