Hello ladies - I'm hoping someone can give me some words of wisdom
Our nearly 6-week old has reflux, and the GP has prescribed Gavison. She's EBF, and I have been expressing and mixing the Gavison with that milk. However, I now don't seem to be able to express (the breastfeeding counsellor suggests its probably anxiety, as LO is still feeding well herself), so I'm now finding it really hard to administer the Gaviscon - it seems to end up with both of us in tears
So, the questions I have are as follows:
- How to administer 15 ml of Gaviscon - she'll happily take a bottle, bless her, but that little amount seems to get stuck in the teat, and no amount of sucking will get it out. A syringe definitely isn't working - she thrashes around, and I'm worried that I'll hurt her mouth. I can get a bit in from a cup or a spoon, but nowhere near the necessary amount.
- She won't take it made up with water, hence expressing. However, for the last day I've had to use ready made formula, up to about 20ml, to try to get it down her. I'm not sure why it can be mixed with water and formula, and not breastmilk, tho (various sites seems to suggest mixing it with breastmilk). Surely if there was a problem with doing that, then it would also be a problem when it comes into contact with the breastmilk in her stomach?
- Feed before, during or after a meal - I've ended up giving it to her beforehand, when she's hungry, as she's just not interested in the middle of a feed, and afterwards she's too full and will just be sick.
I'm not sure it's making much difference anyway, and it's definitely making her constipated, so I'm back to the GP tomorrow. However, it is making me feel really down, so I need to talk about that as well at our appointment.
Thanks in advance