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Ranitidine and BFing on demand?

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spottywelly Wed 23-Jan-13 22:51:39

I didn't know if this was a feeding or health question, so apologies if it's in the wrong place!

DS (7 weeks) has been prescribed ranitidine for his reflux. The paed said to give it 3 times a day, 30 mins before a feed. He is exclusively BF on demand, and has absolutely no pattern to his eating at the moment. He is also generally a very frequent feeder, sometimes every hour.

Trying to guess when he'll next feed and time the dose 30 mins before seems impossible, and I can't imagine giving him the medicine and then trying to hold him off for 30 mins before feeding! Will it still work if I just space doses evenly through the day, and continue to feed on demand?

Does anyone have any ideas/experience?

tiktok Wed 23-Jan-13 23:39:07

spotty - you could phone the doctor and ask this, or the pharmacist who did the prescription for you....safer than asking a talkboard smile

HeyMicky Wed 23-Jan-13 23:41:55

We were told 3 times a day, evenly spaced. So we did 8am, 3pm, and 10pm. Worked fine.

As an aside, DD is now 18 weeks old and we have been able to drop the ranatadine - hang in there!

stargirl1701 Thu 24-Jan-13 00:15:31

We were told 3 times a day, evenly spaced. No mention of 30 min before feed. It has changed our lives grin

spottywelly Thu 24-Jan-13 01:24:49

Thank you! That's really helpful.

tiktok I asked at the time! The doctor seemed genuinely surprised that I wasn't FF, and didn't really know about timing - she suggested asking the pharmacist. So I did, and he was lovely, but didn't see any problem with being able to know when he would be feeding! I think he thought I was saying that he doesn't feed at exactly the same time every day, and was trying to reassure me it would be fine, rather than at any time his next feed could either be 20 minutes away, or 3 hours away and there is never a way of knowing!

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