Okay I have posted here several times in the past few weeks about my little guy Ryland. He is finally up to 8LBS!!! And thats on my scales and the doctor scales!
But for the past week or so he has be showing every symptom of reflux. Spitting up, burping and then screaming out, drooling excessively (even more than my older kids did when teething), arching his back and screaming, etc. Which is causing long periods of him crying in pain. And I am not too keen on him crying for very long because of the calories that it burns and his weight issues.
He is strictly on breastmilk that is pumped and then at night I let him have all access to boobs. I have noticed that he only shows signs of reflux after taking a bottle.
I took him to the doctor Tuesday to discuss everything with her and all she said was to put cereal in his bottle. I am still against that for so many reasons. Number one being that when I have tried it, it does upset his tummy. Number two being that I don't see a reason for him having cereal right now. He won't be 4 months old until the 25th of this month, and that is reason number three of why I don't want to give it to him.
So I have decided today that I am just going to feed him at the breasts, see how he does with that, and then weigh him at the end of the day like I have been doing to see if breastfeeding has helped or hurt him. In the beginning, it was burning more calories than he took in, so he would lose weight. But now I think that it will be okay for him to be put back to the breast exclusively.
If my little experiment fails and he still is having reflux symptoms during the day like he has been for the past week, then I will be calling his gastro tomorrow and seeing what she says to do. If she tells me to just put more cereal in his bottle, then I will be making a trip to the children's hospital and demanding that they "fix" him.
Okay, I am rambling and I know it. LOL Could there be a chance, that he is just going thru the stages that a typical newborn goes thru? With the weight losses and the developmental delays could it be possible that the crankiness and screaming and everything else that is going on with him just being par for course and normal? Could it be reflux/silent reflux combined (he doesn't always spit up)?
What other things can I do to help him other than the cereal? I feed him sitting up, I put him in his bouncey seat to keep him semi up right after feeding him. I am not sure whatelse to do.