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February 7th, 2012, 06:29 PM
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Natalie has started screaming through her feedings, but only the ones in the late afternoon/early evening. She sucks the milk fine for a bit, then stops screaming. She's quiet when i burp her, looks for the bottle again and starts sucking, but screams again a few seconds later. It's really strange. She is fine the rest of the day, and a little fussy when she gets bored, but doesn't cry much if we hold her while she's awake (she doesn't like to sit alone when awake). Do you think this could be silent reflux or is it normal for babies to reject one or two feedings a day, but be fine the rest of the time. This has been going on for about a week.

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February 7th, 2012, 06:32 PM
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It could be reflux, but in general babies with reflux have difficulty with all their feedings. It could just be her 'witching hour' or the period of PURPLE crying.


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February 7th, 2012, 06:41 PM
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Thanks - that makes me feel better. Oddly she stops within a few minutes of feeding though so it isn't long lasting, but it does come out of no where, stops suddenly, and happens in the evenings. I guess I'll keep an eye on it over the next few days and make notes on each feeding to see if it is a pattern.

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February 7th, 2012, 06:44 PM
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I agree with Meghan about the purple crying but also wanted to add that maybe she is just looking to "suck". Do you allow her a pacifier? If so maybe try that rather than the bottle at that feeding. I know that Flynn has a PURPLE crying period and toward the end he wants to suck. If I try nursing him he just gags but if I give him the binkie he calms down.

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February 8th, 2012, 06:32 PM
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It's silent reflux. I'm going to the pediatrician tomorrow morning to confirm and get treatment. My inlaws were watching Natalie for an hour this evening and without my even mentioning my concerns, when we got home my FIL said she has reflux... he said even though she really isn't spitting up, he's sure that's what she has and that the acid is causing considerable pain for her during and after feedings.

I'm frustrated that the pedi laughed at me last week, but i'm going to push harder this time.

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