If you missed part 2, click to read our experience of weaning a reflux baby so far.
My daughter Lily was born with severe reflux and couldn’t keep a feed down at all until she was prescribed infant Gaviscon.
We started our weaning journey, unsuccessfully and then had to put a stop to it as food seemed to make her reflux a whole lot worse.
At around 7 months old we let her take the lead and went down the baby-led route, letting her grab for food but having milk as her main form of food.
Successfully weaning a reflux baby
By 11 months old she was able to grab food and get most of it in her mouth. All foods seemed to be ok for her besides bananas that really aggravated her for some reason.
On her first birthday we stopped giving her formula and switched to oat milk (she also had CMPA) and stopped with the Gaviscon. She would slightly posset after a feed but that was absolutely nothing compared to a year previous when the entire bottle would come back up.
She was also sleeping on her back without her wedge raising her up in her cot and sleeping well.
Top tips for helping a reflux baby
- Raise them up when they sleep
- Try laying them on their side with a support wedge
- Carry them in a baby carrier to help them nap
- Give them Infant Gaviscon & Ranitidine if prescribed
- Feed them little and often
- Avoid acidic foods
- Avoid purees
- Wean when they are ready, not when doctors tell you
If you have a child with severe reflux please do not give up hope, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Update at 6 years old
Lily is now 6 years old and has no lasting effects. Her case was so severe that the doctor said she might never grow out of it.
At one point I thought this might be true as one Easter when she was 4 years old she ate so much chocolate that her poor stomach couldn’t cope and she projectile vomited all over a cream carpet.
Lesson learned – she still needs little and often.
I hope this series has been useful in showing you that there is hope. That although reflux is an absolute nightmare, you can get through it!
If you have an questions please do comment below.