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Things have been pretty stressful for me for the last week and a half. Titus seems to be showing signs of acid reflux but since I've never dealt with this before I was hoping some of you ladies who know something about acid reflux could help me. The past two days have been really bad when it comes to feeding him. I am breastfeeding but whenever it is time for him to eat he takes the breast and then after a couple of gulps he starts to choke and burst out crying, this goes on and on until he finally won't eat at all or will only eat for a few mins. It has gradually gotten worse over the past few weeks, he was only acting like this for 1-2 feedings a day, now he is doing this at almost every feeding! I am so worried about him. He also gets the hiccups a lot and does not sleep well. Whenever we lie him on his back in his bassinet he grunts and moans most of the night and seems to sleep a little better if he sleeps propped up in his bouncy seat. Also he has been spitting up more. He did not used to spit up at all, now he spits up after almost every feeding and throughout the day. I am really worried about the fact that he is very upset at every feeding and struggles to eat, it frustrates both of us to where we are both crying. I don't know what to do!
It could be acid reflux. With reflux, they are usually very fussy when they spit up, because it hurts them.
Something else it sounds like, though, is an overactive letdown. DD used to choke everytime I tried to feed her because the milk was coming too fast. That also accounts for the spitting up, because he's swallowing more air while eating, especially if he's really fussy. If you take him off and see milk spraying, then I would say that is the culprit. If he does seem like he's in pain when he spits up, then it could be acid reflux too. Make an appointment with your pediatrician to get an official diagnosis and discuss your options.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)