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As a full-time mum, I have been EBF for almost 5 months, and my son has been suffering from reflux. I am thinking of switching to formula as nothing seems to be working, but I have no idea where to start.  I need some formula recommendations for reflux babies. I find the varieties a bit overwhelming! What is the difference between gold, follow on formula etc? What type of formula would you recommend?

Posted by anon, 28/08/13



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  • I had a breast fed baby who had really bad reflux. I was told to use a thickener, but he wouldn’t accept the bottle. I just had to wait until his muscles had strengthened themselves. It was really difficult. One thing I did find out though was a friend had a baby on reflux formula and was able to get it on prescription. Was paying only $5.00 a tin instead of $20. Ask your GP about that.

  • Aldi formula may help? :0

  • My little girl is suffering from reflux so we use to use S26 AR but after awhile she started to vomit just as much as before. So we swapped to Nan HA Gold and use a feed thickener and she has almost stopped completely. I’m now in the process do slowly reducing the thickener :)

  • My daughter was a very vomitey baby, drs said she was fine as long as she was gaining weight so I kept ebf her. At eight months I put her on formula and I am giving her Heinz Nurture Gold and her vomiting pretty much stopped straight away! (I have found certain foods still trigger sometimes). It’s only $19 compared to $26 for anti reflux formulas, or you could just buy thickeners and normal formula. I am not sure if you get it cheaper with prescription. Hope this was a little helpful :)

  • I would try the formula he is on in the reflux line as changing can upset their tummy. Aptimel by karricate is very good though

  • Hope you have found one that you like that doesn’t give your child reflux

  • There are a few brands out there offering a reflux formula. I think you will have to experiment to find which one suits and works for you.

  • Also, have you tried a thickener prior to breast feeding. Call tresillian and they will be able to step you through this.

  • I was told to mix rice cereal in with formula make the teat hole slightly larger it helped my son a lot. We also were advised to keep him upright position so we bought a walker for him. He loved it. And tilt cot up on blocks one end to help keep food in tummy down.

  • Another tip I was given was to mix a little rice cereal in with expressed breast milk to thicken it, much the same way a reflux formula is a bit thicker.

  • I’d talk to your child health nurse, they may be able to point you in the right direction

  • I hope you find the answer with so many tips

  • I cant remember what it is called but there are formula thickeners that reduce reflux

  • Have a chat to your doctor about it, there are some reflux formulas but you want the right one for your baby. Novalax and S26 are the ones I’m familiar with but honestly, starting solids made much more of a difference than reflux formulas. The S26 reflux formula is a very different texture from milk too, my son flat out refused to drink it.

  • If you go to the doctor you can get a perscription for a formula that is designed for babies with reflux.

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