BOGB: I don’t know about zantac, but for me the Prevacid has been the same dosage from 4mo to 1yo, half a pill diluted in water and given in a syringe. He wouldn’t have Zantac because of the taste of it, it takes like pepper mint (at least here in Canada), whereas Prevacid tastes like fruits. I’d give it maybe another week and then go see the doctor again?
What we did that also helped : as a PP wrote we jacked his bed with some 2×4, I believe it was 2-3 piled up under each foot of the head panel, so that whereever he was sleeping he was in an inclined position. Though you have to check sometimes because he ended up sleeping in the wrong way and would have his head lower than his feet! But that didn’t happen often.
I wore him all.the.time. in an ergo baby with the infant insert, or in a sling, but I found the ergo to be much more comfortable in the long run.
Per his Dr instructions, we introduced highly diluted rice cereals (and then switch to barley because he didn’t like rice), at 4mo and it did help keeping the milk down.
At 6mo I stopped offering him the breast at every peep he made, I put him on a routine and I think it also helped, as in the more often you Boyfriend or Best Friend, the more often he can have reflux, and he started drinking more at each time, so that helped me also. He accepted a pacifier at 6mo, before that he would have none of it as I was the pacifier. FYI i did sometimes Boyfriend or Best Friend as often as every 45m, and we’re talking about a 3-4mo baby that was not in a growth spurt!
I had help, all the help I could get, my mother is a SATW and she often came for a 1-2 week sleepover, she would cook, clean, play with the baby while I could take a shower or just run a quick errand at the drugstore alone, that saved my sanity. To remember you’re still a person, a woman, not only a mother and in my case, a milk dispenser.
And last, I became a supreme master at sudoku on my phone while I breastfed. It helps pass the time. I also had a kobo but it does nto glow in the dark, so I couldn’t use it in the night.
We are now trying for a second baby, and we as some PP also thought we could not go through this again, well apparently we can haha. Originally we thought we would have 2 close babies, but we chose to wait a bit to catch our breath, and we’re ready now. As soon as I’m pregnant I’m buying myself a kobo glo, and then we’ll be all set for whatever comes our way.
Sorry for the novel, I just really wanted to let you know (and all the others PP of course), that there IS hope, it Will get better. And I’ll add very quickly that for all the time we spent glued together when he was little, my toddler is still very affectionate and will randomly ask for/give a hug, likes to cuddle, says “I love you” all the time and gives kisses. It kind of feels as if all the love we gave him during those hard few months is now given back to us, and it’s wonderful.