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blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 16:42:53

DS is breatfed, 18 weeks but loosing weight due to reflux (I think). Health visitor has said I can try supplementing with formula. Can anyone recommend one?

I tried asking health visitor, they aren't allowed to recommend, so I tried asking the formula companies direct but they aren't allowed to recommend one either!! It's driving me crazy!

ispymincepie Wed 12-Apr-17 16:45:32

Firstly I recommend seeing a breastfeeding councillor. Secondly, I can recommend NannyCare goats milk formula available from Waitrose and Sainsbury's smile

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 16:46:45

Thank you - do you mind me asking why you would recommend it?

Nan0second Wed 12-Apr-17 16:49:22

All cows milk formulas are fundamentally the same by law.
Pick whichever one your local shop has in stock.
If baby is not then gaining weight on standard formula, you need to see a GP. Please don't use goats milk without medical indication.

Heirhelp Wed 12-Apr-17 16:50:15

Formulas are so tightly regulated that there is very little difference between them.

Is your lo on medication for reflux?

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 16:53:22

Thank you. He is on medication which stops the pain but he still brings up sick. Have added gaviscon in. He's seen GP and all they can do is make paediatric referral but that's in 10 weeks time (!) and I'd like to do as much as I can while we are waiting.

He is hapoy, alert and developing well otherwise

DimpleDumpling Wed 12-Apr-17 16:57:54

My DD is 18 weeks and has silent reflux. Doctor prescribed gaviscon infant. For Ebf babies you mix into a paste and give it to them and formula fed babies it goes into the milk. Sorted her out completely but makes her poos really firm

donkir Wed 12-Apr-17 17:06:01

I can't see how adding in formula will help to be honest. She'll still have reflux so will still be bringing up milk it will just smell worse.
I'd definitely see a breast feeding counsellor to advise you on what you can add to your diet or exclude to help the reflux.

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 17:07:45

Thank you

Am guessing the anti reflux formula isn't brilliant then?

donkir Wed 12-Apr-17 17:11:56

It's harder to digest and causes constipation.

Craftycakey15 Wed 12-Apr-17 17:14:45

Have you seen a doctor about the reflux? It could be due to milk allergy?

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 17:19:21

Thanks will keep on with breast feeding for now then and see how we go

GP prescribed reflux meds

NutellaCookie Wed 12-Apr-17 17:22:34

If you do decide to supplement with formula, Hipp organic is good for refluxy babies. It's really gentle.

ispymincepie Wed 12-Apr-17 17:25:41

The NannyCare is an approved infant formula. I'm not advocating raw unpasteurised goats milk although I know some people swear by it. All cows milk formula is essentially the same as pp has said but personally I think the NannyCare is closer to human milk, it certainly smells and tastes more like it.

ispymincepie Wed 12-Apr-17 17:28:08

www.ocado.com/webshop/product/Nanny-Care-First-Infant-Milk-Goat-Milk-Based/21900011?from=search&tags=%7C20000¶m=nanny+care&parentContainer=SEARCHnanny+care

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 17:29:05

Thank you, will look into nannycare and hipp next week after breastfeed clinic

ispymincepie Wed 12-Apr-17 17:30:58

Take a look at the reviews on that link too!

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 17:48:18

I did smile good to know

Heirhelp Wed 12-Apr-17 20:36:26

What meds is your lo on? Are they actually losing weight or dropping down the %?

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 20:38:30

Actually loosing weight (not loads but from 13 to 16 weeks lost a couple of ounces rather than gained or maintained and last week lost 4 ounces)?

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 20:39:05

He's on rantitadine (and gaviscon as of a few days ago)

Nan0second Wed 12-Apr-17 20:42:40

You need to go back to your GP and tell them he is loosing weight. 10weeks is too long to wait for paeds in these circumstances.
Consider cutting dairy and soy out of your diet as cmpi often links with severe reflux.

Nan0second Wed 12-Apr-17 20:43:37

Goats milk is too similar to cows milk in terms of the protein so won't help IF cows milk protein allergy is the problem

Heirhelp Wed 12-Apr-17 20:44:50

10 weeks seems like a long referral for a baby who is losing weight? When you get a copy of the referral letter you can ring and try and badger then for a early date. Maybe even try PALS to see if they can help.

Have you tried just going to bed and with your baby and feeding, feeding and feeding?

If gaviscon is not helping then I don't see how formula would help. Reflux milk is just a thicker version of normal formula but Gaviscon makes everything much thicker anyway.

blue2014 Wed 12-Apr-17 20:46:28

The GP knows, the paediatric department know, the health visitor knows. To be honest neither GP nor 3 health visitors I've spoken to are overly concerned and say this is common with reflux babies (and he is on 45th centile so not tiny I guess) it's just he's my boy and I want to help him

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