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July 25th, 2008, 01:40 AM
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Hi guys, my name is Lauren and I have a 3 month old daughter named Holly. I didn't think she had a problem until now. I've had her on formula since she was 1 month old and we had just changed her to soy formula as she would projectile vomit with every other formula we tried. She would spit up ALOT with the soy but not as bad as she was. After a feed will will usually spit up 5 to 6 times, all about a tablespoon each. The soy was very watery spitup and would saturate her but now we have her on a reflux formula. Nothing is different except her spit ups are chunky (sorry TMI).
I have read the symptoms on reflux but she hasn't been diagnosed with it. She is usally a very happy baby, no problems sleeping, no constant crying and is mostly quite content. Thats what made me think she didn't have a problem.

When she is awake, she is irritated 99% of the time, she will go all stiff at times and sometimes will cough and act like she is choking. Changing her nappy before feeds is a priority as she will just throw the whole bottle up if I did it afterwards. She still spits up but not much. I have been doing the whole 30 min upright position after her bottles for over 2 months now and refuse to take her on a car ride just after a bottle cuase that can be very messy. The only other symptom I noticed that she has is when she is alseep, her bottom lip will start to quiver, she is start breathing fast, then wake up crying, stop, then put herself back to sleep. I just thought that was a nightmare or something. She also has the hickups ALL the time, usually when she is laughing or talking to me, then once they come, the chuck just flows out of her mouth. I know if it is reflux she doesn't have a bad dose of it but do you think it might be worthwhile talking to my clinic nurse about it? Is there anything that they would suggest that I don't already know about? Thanks for your help!

Just thought I would add one more thing, she usually has her bottles fine but will be VERY irritated afterwards and will fight me if I try to burp her. Once the air is out, she is better but then about 2 tablespoons of milk come straight back up with EVERY feed. Not just random ones. I have tried to burp her during the bottle but she will just get really cranky at me and get herself worked up so I don't do that anymore. Her normal feeds are around 6 oz. and 4 to 5 bottles a day. The formula suggests 5 to 7 but her weight gain is normal. She was 6lb 13oz at birth and is now 13lb 6oz. So she is still putting on weight.
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July 25th, 2008, 06:57 AM
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What a cutie you have!!!
Yes, to me it sounds like reflux. I'm not a doc though. But my DD didn't arch her back or wake up crying or any of the other "normal" reflux symptoms. She did barf up entire bottles though. Once we got her on reflux meds that worked for her - and got her to keep them down and gave them time to work - she didn't throw up anymore at all. All vomiting ended. It was wonderful. My DD was failure to thrive and kept going down in the growth curve - even after we got her to stop throwing up - so keeping every ounce of formula in her was super important.
Anyway, I'd say her choking and vomiting are signs of reflux. I'd have a serious talk with your pediatrician about it. Write down all the things you can think of that point to reflux and bring the list and mention every single one of them.
What is the "reflux formula" you are using? I've never heard of a formula specifically for reflux so I'm curious!
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July 25th, 2008, 06:12 PM
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Here is the link the the formula I use. Mind you I have basically tried all the 'from birth' ones from S-26 before trying this one. It is supposed to be a thicker formula and stay in her tummy but it doesn't help.

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