Feeding – Ideas from Parents

IN GENERAL…

  • Thickening breast feeds?  There are also a variety of pre-thickened formulas available for bottle-fed babies: – (the ‘AR’ stands for ‘anti-reflux’).  If your baby has pain from reflux as well as spills/vomits, please discuss the use of thickeners and thickened formulas with your Health Professional (doctor, Well Child Provider or dietician).

  • Juice drinks and some fruits can aggravate the problems associated with reflux.

  • Some children do best when they feed themselves with finger foods.

FOR DIFFICULT FEEDERS, HAVE YOU TRIED…

  • Feeding whilst rocking, humming, ‘sshing’, singing, standing and rocking gently, any monotonous rhythmical pattern?

  • Using distractions whilst feeding e.g. threaded beads, mobiles, animal sounds, television?

  • Feeding in a quiet room or with soft music? Even talking may disturb this baby.

  • Some babies only like one flavour a meal; others feed better if you change flavour several times.

  • Do not worry if your infant will only take a limited variety of foods. This will improve as the reflux improves.  “Research shows it is the frequency of tasting solids rather than the amount your child eats that helps them progress onto new tastes and textures”, but it is important to offer at least small amounts of age appropriate mixed texture foods for developmental reasons.  See: Food and Reflux.

  • If baby is distressed and continues to fight feeds, return to your doctor.

COMFORT FEEDERS…

  • These babies want to suck all day. Many mums have found that trying to get a comfort feeder into a routine improves the situation.

  • Feeding too often e.g. hourly, does not give sufficient time for the stomach to empty, thus increasing the incidence of reflux.

  • Perhaps try gradually to increase the time between feeds. Check weight gain regularly.

© Gastric Reflux Association for the Support of Parents/babies (GRASP) and Crying Over Spilt Milk Gastric Reflux Support Network New Zealand for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust (GRSNNZ) 2004 – 2015. Used, edited and added to by GRSNNZ (and parents) with permission.  Last updated March 2015.

Page may be printed or reproduced for personal use of families, as long as copyright and Crying Over Spilt Milk‘s URL are included. It may not be copied to other websites or publications without permission and acknowledgement. This information (unedited) was also provided (by GRASP) to health professionals in New Zealand to use ” to continue to support and inform families with babies/children with Gastro-oesophageal Reflux.”