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Night feeds with newborn

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liquidice · 01/05/2019 09:47

Hi, my LO is 19 days old and is steadily putting on weight. He is suffering from silent reflux and has started on infant Gaviscon yesterday. We tried adding carobel to his feeds initially but the reflux symptoms became worse. This also coincided with us trying gripe water so not sure if that exasperated the symptoms.

Anyway my question is regarding night feeds - the reflux makes him
quite restless and he grunts a lot. He only likes being half swaddled so sometimes he will appear to be stirring, hands will be at his mouth and I take that as my cue to get feed ready. However, before the feed is ready he will have settled or when I try to feed him he will take very little and nod off despite me trying to wake him
Fully by putting light on etc. I guess his restlessness could be that he's just coming to the end of the sleep cycle and it's not genuine hunger.

So should I wait until he opens his eyes or cries before getting feed ready? I'm wasting a lot of milk and Gaviscon by getting it ready earlier. Often he will wake an hour later but I can't use the same bottle as it's expired

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Samind · 01/05/2019 09:50

Could be trapped wind! Is he good at bringing it up? Is his head going from side to side?

liquidice · 01/05/2019 09:55

Sometimes.. reflux makes it difficult to get wind up so he often passes wind instead. So should I lift him to try and wind him so he can sleep well ? Or just leave him??

Just realised there's an infant feeding section so will ask MN HQ to move

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Samind · 01/05/2019 10:12

Babies often stir in their sleep and grunt. My LO was impossible to get wind out of. YouTube winding techniques. Baby massage etc can help aswell. Some helped but she's nearly 5months now and wind comes up better.

liquidice · 01/05/2019 10:27

Thanks. I've been bicycling the legs and doing the odd bit of massage but will have a look

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