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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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  • my son had reflux and it settled down once he started on solids. He started at 5 months and by 7 months he wasnt refluxy anymore.

  • Big difference – gold is usually Rich and the AR formula’s are for reflux babies, you will not find them in supermarkets only in chemists. Google if your not sure

  • Karicare AR – fantastic stuff or you can buy the karicare thickener and add to your breast milk.

  • And formula won’t do damage, just do what you feel is right for you and bub!

  • We use nan ar. Stay away from the gold’s… You can actually get just thickener though if you want to keep bf. you mix it into a paste before you feed and then the milk thickens in their tummy thus causing less refluxing… Good luck. Having a reflux baby is hard work!

  • Nothing worked for my son I’d just keep breast feeding, eliminate dairy from your diet. Or express and add a bit of the thickener you can buy and add it to the bottle that was you can make it a little thinner than most pre made thickened formulas. All the thicker formulas we used made my son constipated and he was still throwing up, just not as much.
    Good luck, with formula it’s really just trial and error on what agrees with bub and what doesn’t.

  • Have you tried zantac from the doctorIt won’t stop the reflux completely but will stop the pain. Reflux will still happen on formula . Good luck

  • AR (anti Reflux) we used NAN AR and you can get it from most Discount Chemists. I tried 3 or 4 before getting NAN is it was perfect for my little bub. Also just because it was good for mine doesn’t mean the same for yours but its all about TRIAL AND ERROR :) good luck

  • I use karicare AR

  • I definitely would not recommend a formula for a reflux baby, I would suggest reading the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book and maybe putting a little homemade kefir on your nipples/eliminating wheat, refined foods etc from your diet. Formula will always do more damage then good and breastfeeding is always the best choice

  • My bub had the same thing and I was also EBF, it’s tough so well done! Have you tried adding the thickener to your milk? I found that works well. When I switched to formula we used Karicare AR (I think it was called?, sorry it’s been 4 years) It’s an anti reflux one so it’s thicker than normal formulas. Good luck with it all :)

  • Check with Australian Breastfeeding Association. It may be something you are eating, that.is if you want to continue BF.

  • We used karicare AF and my daughter was also on losec prescribed by doc and we took her to a chiro!

  • My daughter suffers from severe reflux. Our peadiatrician said to keep it simple and not to use any gold formulas or reflux ones as they can make things worse. She has been doing good on standard karicare formula :) yellow Tin with blue lid.

  • Keep a food diary to see if there’s anything you’re eating that causes more or less reflux. Consider a good Chiro and acupuncture. These were saving graces with our little boy.

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