Yesterday and today I managed to read through this whole post, and I'm glad I did! While I wish you ladies didn't have feeding problems with your LOs, it is nice to know that I am not alone...
Here's my LOs story... Luke is 5 months old and about 16.5 lbs. He was a great eater for the first 2 months (formula fed). Just around 2 months, he started fussing on one bottle a day... then 2 bottles... and gradually, he was fussing on all bottles, except his 11pm dreamfeed. By fussing, I mean squirming, arching, turning his head back and forth, screaming out, failing arms, etc. He takes about 1-3 oz and eventually, he just refuses. We also have to feed him each of his daytime bottle twice in order to get this much into him. Over time, we have gotten to a position where he can't even eat in our arms at all anymore during feedings, and we actually try to feed him lying down in his crib to keep him as drowsy as possible, since like many (all?) of your babies, he eats much better when asleep.
We have tried almost everything at this point... we changed bottles (Dr. Brown - helped for about a week), changed formulas (soy, nutramigen, no dha/ara - only the Enfamil Thickened (same as AR in the US - I am in Canada) has really worked for us at all), tried different feeding positions, Zantac... probably more things too that I can't think of.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, we could still always somehow get 20 oz or more into Luke each day. We also thought the Zantac was helping since we saw and increase in his intake for a few days after it (he even hit 30 OUNCES one day! which is something he hasn't done since he was 2 months old!). Now, for the past few days, we are only getting 15-20 ounces into him, and that is with most of it coming from a dreamfeed. Today, it's 9pm, and he's only had just under 10 oz
and we only have the dreamfeed left. So things are certainly getting worse, not better. He is getting to a point where he gets nervous and fussy as soon as he sees the bottle. Since he feeds better sleepy, we are at a point now where we are going to start waking up at night to feed him an extra bottle (so backwards - to have to wake up even when you LO sleeps through the night!). He has also been terribly constipated for about 2 months... hard, dry, fully formed poos.
Our doctor does not take is seriously. She says as long as he's getting 20 oz, not to worry. She doesn't even believe he has reflux or anything and even the Zantac we got from another dr while on vacation - she didn't think it was necessary). Well, now, since the last time we saw her (3 days ago) he is taking even less than 20. We don't want to go to her again and are trying to find another pediatrician but it's hard here in Canada since many are not taking new patients and you can't just go and pay for service. Luckily, DH's brother in a dr in the US and he knows a dr here in Canada as a great kids hospital and is helping us get Luke seen there... we are hopefully going to get a referal tomorrow... fx...
I think Luke has the symptoms of dysphagia and probably some reflux too, especially since the Zantac helped so much for a while. We are hoping to get the mbs (I'm glad I know what to ask for - thanks ladies!) to find out for sure what his problem is. And while we have been giving a thickened formula, I have also ordered Simply Thick to try out instead since so many on here have had success with it. We are also hoping to get Prevacid instead of the Zantac since he did show improvement on the Zantac but we think he needs something stronger.
Any input on what you think we should be doing is great... my one main question is about feeding him laying flat in his crib... we do this to keep him drowsy and we do get better feeds out of it... but is it safe? and is that even a normal way to eat? I know I can't drink lying down so I'm wondering if Luke should be.
Thanks for this post... I loved reading it. ANY input would be great.