Reflux Weaning

So firstly I have not written a blog post in FOREVERRRR! So I’m sorry 😩 I didn’t want to turn into an insta blogger that didn’t actually blog!

ANYWAYYYY…..let’s talk relfux. Well, what a bunch a crap it is lol!

When Joshua was a baby he never had reflux, so although I knew of friends babies that had it, I never actually realised how hard it could be until I got hit with it.

Olivia’s reflux developed a few weeks after she was born, I combination feed Olivia and have done since she was around 5 weeks old, however the reflux started before I introduced formula. It’s a common misconception that breasted babies don’t get reflux.

The constant smell of baby sick, changing of outfits and bibs, an obscene amount of washing and several sofa stains were all so draining.

We tried Olivia on reflux formula, but it made her terribly constipated and uncomfortable so we decided to change it back. Being sick was the lesser of two evils I suppose. I also mentioned it to the HV but as she was gaining weight, there weren’t too bothered and didn’t recommend I give her any medication.

After doing a bit of research myself and with my past weaning experience with Josh I decided the wean Olivia before the recommend 6 months in the hope it would improve her reflux.

At around 20 weeks I started to introduce baby porridge in the mornings, well she absolutely inhaled this! 😂

I waited a week or so before I introduced other foods. With babies that have reflux it’s advisable to wait and introduce new foods slowly to see if there is a reaction to the food you have introduced before moving on to the next.

Making homemade baby food is particularly great for a baby who has reflux. You will be better able to control exactly what your baby is eating and stay away from hidden fillers and possible irritants.

Although it’s tempting to buy a lot of the pouches, a lot of the ‘stage 1’ ones are full of fruit which for reflux babies isn’t great! Apples etc. are very acidic and can make them quite sick. I learnt this the hard way after giving Olivia apples once 🙄

The acid content of a food is measured according to its pH value. Foods with a pH above 7 are considered alkaline, whereas those that are below 7 are acidic. And the lower the pH, the higher the level of acidity.

Here are the 13 most acidic fruits and their pH value as observed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

1. Lemon Juice (2.00 – 2.60)

2. Limes (2.00 – 2.80)

3. Cranberry Juice (2.30 – 2.52)

4. Blue Plums (2.80 – 3.40)

5. Grapes (2.90 – 3.82)

6. Pomegranates (2.93 – 3.20)

7. Grapefruits (3.00 – 3.75)

8. Blueberries (3.12 – 3.33)

9. Pineapples (3.20 – 4.00)

10. Apples (3.33 – 4.00)

11. Peaches (3.30 – 4.05)

12. Mangos (3.40 – 4.80)

13. Oranges (3.69 – 4.34)

The good news? You don’t always have to eat these high-acidic fruits to get the vitamin C your body needs. Cantaloupe, for example, is one of the best natural sources of vitamin C, and with a pH (6.13 – 6.58) it’s much less acidic than many other fruits with similar vitamin content. Honeydew melons, watermelon and bananas are also good choices for this reason.

Obviously as your baby gets older and hopefully grows out of the reflux you can introduce these into their diet.

Baby rice or other porridge is always a good place to start. Avocado, pears and bananas tend to be good first foods for reflux babies. Avocado is dense and high in important nutrients and fats. Pears are very low in acidity and are easily digested.

Studies have shown that Bananas have a mucosal property that actually aids in digestion.

Olivia really likes sweet potatoes…and it seems to agree with her stomach so I tend to use this as a base for a lot of the baby food I make.

I always batch cook these and freeze them using the freezable pots.

A few tips I learnt along the way…

When feeding a baby with reflux, you should try to follow these tips:

• Always feed your reflux baby in a upright position. This will help the food or liquid “stay down”.

• Do not lay your baby down directly after baby has been fed.

• Space out baby feedings of both solid foods and liquid foods into smaller more frequent feedings. This will help the reflux baby keep the foods in the tummy and also will aid in digestion. It is far easier for a reflux baby to digest small amounts as opposed to large amounts.

As she’s almost six months we have now started to introduce finger food to transition to baby led weaning. We’ve started off with some reduced sugar rusks, bananas as well as encouraging her to eat some porridge off a spoon….they all seem to be going well!

Along with all this, she’s also started drinking water from a sippy cup! 😩 She’s growing up sooo fast!

Anyway, I hope this has been helpful to any fellow relfux mummy’s!

And I promise not to leave it so long before I write another post 🙂

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