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13/12/2013 at 13:39
As some of you are aware, I've been having huge emotional struggles with breastfeeding. I've decided to stop today. How do I go about it? Cold turkey? What happens to my milk?
I phoned my gp but she had no advice, just stop if I wanted to. I asked her about the best milk as S has silent reflux and I'm aware that this could be problematic for formula as can sometimes be a symptom of intolerances. She said there's no link? Which milk should I go for? I don't know where to start!
I can't get hold of my health visitor either. Any advice appreciated xxx
13/12/2013 at 13:44
13/12/2013 at 13:47
13/12/2013 at 13:53
I don't know how you go about it but just wanted to give you a hug and wish you luck that this works out better for you both xxx
13/12/2013 at 14:01
Just express enough at a time to stop you feeling uncomfortable.
As for formula for reflux maybe put a post with that in the title to get attention of the other ladies with reflux babies as there seems to be a few at the moment .
Glad you've reached a decision x
13/12/2013 at 16:51
I can't help at all but I'm glad you've reached a decision and I hope it helps you both. Good luck with the transition!
13/12/2013 at 16:54
I just stopped cold turkey as I couldn't be bothered with gradually stopping the feeds, and once I'd finally got her take a bottle I didnt want to confuse her by offering breast again. It wasnt actually that bad, I stopped on Wednesday, by friday my boobs were rock solid and sore, by Sunday they were calming down and by the next wednesday they were to all in tense and purposes back to normal. I did leak still for a few weeks but just continued to wear breast pads.
We use Aptimel, as I'd read it was closest to breastmilk, although I'm sure that would be pretty impossible! I think by law all formula has the same ingredients.
13/12/2013 at 17:41
Hipp is pretty good and cheaper! Apparently it tastes like breast milk. We used it and N has reflux, until he got put on prescription milk when his cows milk allergy was discovered.
13/12/2013 at 17:48
Thanks for the advice and support. We've been giving him boob and bottle in the evening so I think I'll just work backwards and drop feeds in reverse order. We've been using aptamil comfort but I'd heard hipp was good.
LLL what kind of symptoms did N have for his allergy? There are still some things that I don't think are right with S...nappies for instance (frothy and explosive) x
13/12/2013 at 17:53
Hey P, obviously I don't have any advice re breastfeeding but just wanted to send hugs - I know this has been a huge decision for you. Hope the transision goes smoothly for you. We had A on aptimil anti relux before we were put on the nutramigen but it,s like a yoghur drink its that thick so not sure how S would take to it!
13/12/2013 at 18:00
He has eczema. He started off with reflux quite early on and was on gaviscon by 8 weeks old. He projectile vomited every feed! He used to spend every evening screaming, at 6pm on the dot he would start. We spent our evenings pacing round the living room with him.
Gaviscon although it helped the reflux it just made him constipated so we got ranitidine instead which he is still on at 22 months! When he is ill his reflux is worse, he will burp and vomit everything. But the ranitidine really helps. He always put on weight though, which some GPs seem to use as a reason for not treating reflux. He was starting on different formulas because the GP suspected a milk allergy at around 4 months and we got a dietician referral. His eczema started at 4 months and unfortunately a different GP fobbed me off about treating it so we paid to see a private dermatologist which was the best £200 we ever spent. After we saw him and got the right treatment we got an NHS referral to the allergy and dermatology team and we still see a dietician.
It's been such a long process but now we have all the right treatment I feel like we've got somewhere. But I did have to fight the GPs for it, and I'm a children's nurse and still got told stuff that I knew wasn't true, like he was too young for steroid cream and that ranitidine was only prescribed for adults!
13/12/2013 at 18:52
Thanks LLL, S doesn't have eczema, just patches of dry skin so I don't want to worry myself unnecessarily. Poor N, S isn't as poorly as him I don't think. H and I have added S to our private health insurance and have said we will go private if things still aren't right. My GP is useless and very disinterested. He is on ranitidine and she said if it doesn't work to go back on gaviscon, even though it didn't work before?! Like you found, because he is putting on weight, she's not interested :(
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