I will give a little background first. We have an almost 3 month old (born 35 weeks by vertical C-section)- he has a variety of congential issues which makes nursing not possible. He was in the NICU for a month, then ended up back in the hospital with a shunt infection shortly after. I pump my milk for him (I nursed my daughter till she was 4.5 years) HE was on an NG tube until about 1 month ago. He now takes about 2.5-3.5 ounces by bottle. The problem is, he has bad reflux. He's been to a chriopractor but because of his many issues, he can't really be adjusted that well. The chiro gave us L-Glutamine powder (I may have spelled that wrong) to put in his milk but it just wasnt working. SO finally we broke down and put him on zantac (I am anti med but it seems to help but now I want him off). Feeding him was a nightmare- it was a nightmare on the NG tube too. He'd scream and cry and squeeze your hand really tight. We started thickening his milk with xantam gum and that seemed to help along with the zantac. He no longer holds on for dear life, but it's obvious he's refluxing and he cries a lot too, but it's gotten better.
I purchased some slippery elm, but it gets so thick, it tends to clog the nipple- I was hoping to use this instead of the xantum gum, but really don't know how to go about using it. I know this is a nursing forum, but he is getting breastmilk. If anyone has sused slippery elm please share your tips!