This page is intended to be a ‘clearinghouse’ for resources, links to websites and other support organisations for parents who are having difficulty feeding their babies. I’m not medical professional, just a mama who has been through the ringer (twice) and spent hours trying to find the answers. I have never had enough money to pay for multiple visits to expensive lactation consultants, paediatricians, or other para-medical professionals. As a result, Dr Google has been my source and has very often been completely overwhelming in its scope! As such I hope someone finds a useful list here and it saves someone else from hours/days/weeks/months of agonised searching. I will continue to update it as often as I can, but will publish it now as a work in progress.
First and foremost is the reason I felt prompted to write this blog in the first place. This excellent article by Dr Lawrence Kotlow, a dental surgeon, clearly describes the connection between tongue ties, lip ties and reflux. I honestly feel as though every baby with reflux that I meet these days also has a tongue tie and/or a lip tie. If you’re reading this because your baby has reflux and you haven’t yet considered a tongue or lip tie then I would encourage you to have a quick look in your baby’s mouth and read here where the ‘Mommypotamus’ has pulled together a step-by-step guide for assessing whether your baby has a tongue or a lip tie. Seriously, do it.
Secondly, this interesting post by the Analytical Armadillo highlights some of the causes of infant reflux other than just the immature oesophageal sphincter. I particularly like the fact that she questions why there are suddenly vast hordes of babies needing to take hardcore medications simply because the diagnosis rate has gone up.
The Australian-based Reflux Infants Support Association (RISA) has a number of articles about reflux and related issues. It’s a wonderfully supportive organisation and it also has a Facebook group that you can join.
- Management tips is gold if you’re in the beginnings of your reflux journey. It lists a huge number of tips that may work for you, but in any case you should try them all before you go and see your doctor because they will number among the first suggestions your doctor makes!
- How reflux presents gives a great overview of the signs and symptoms of infant reflux.
- Reflux and sleep (haha) is moderately helpful, mostly just to reassure you that it’s not anything you’re doing wrong!
The US Reflux Rebels website is fantastic.
- The Does My Baby Have MSPI quiz is a really helpful way to quickly determine whether your baby’s reflux is simply an unfortunate side effect of having an immature oesophageal sphincter or whether it’s actually a symptom of Milk Soy Protein Intolerance.
- Acid Reflux and MSPI Myths is fantastic and a full of really good information to arm yourself with before you head in to see a medical professional. Two of my personal favourites are the ‘just be patient – he/she will grow out of it’ and ‘there’s no such thing as a food intolerance’ myths that I heard from a huge number of people including my doctor.
General parenting issues
Tracy Hogg’s book, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, has given rise to the most incredible online forums on parenting that I’ve ever been privileged to be a part of. Regardless of your opinion of Tracy Hogg and/or her version of sleep training, the Baby Whisperer Forums are an absolute gold mine of advice, information and support and I would urge anyone who’s having issues with sleep, settling or feeding to pop over and have a browse. In particular, the Colic, Reflux & Crying board is incredible, and although I’m pretty sure you have to become a member to view the posts on that board I can’t recommend it highly enough. There are mamas on there who have had 5 reflux kids (!) and lived to tell the tale. The thing I like best about these forums is how non-judgemental everyone is. Tracy Hogg was obviously an advocate of her particular version of sleep training, but because she was vehemently anti-‘cry it out’ the Baby Whisperer Forums attract a lot of parents from across the parenting choice spectrum and this can only be a good thing.