Colicky baby not nursing well

by Amanda
(Australia)

Hi,


My baby is 3 weeks old and is wanting to latch every 15 mins or so during the day and almost every hourly during the night for the past few days.

Since day 1 she has only been able to latch on for less than 10 mins, but she seems contented then but now she's only latching on for about 5 mins or less and keeps crying after.

I tried to catch my letdown on my hanky but she's too fuzzy by then and will not latch again after.

It often sprays on her face and I hear a lot of gulping sound too. The thing I'm not sure if she's really getting too much foremilk is her poo is not greenish, but she farts and makes alot of gulping sound.

What is my problem really? Am I over supplied like or lack of supply? I don't feel engorged but when I expressed after 4 hours I get 4-5oz one side and my let down is superior. Please help!

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Jul 27, 2015
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overactive letdown
by: Tracy

Hi Amanda

It sounds as if you have an overactive letdown. Not all mothers with an overactive letdown have an oversupply of milk. It just means that your milk flows very quickly, and it seems that your baby is struggling with this.

A forceful letdown will most certainly have decreased before your baby turns 6 months, but most of the time, it will decrease before six weeks, when your body has adjusted to the volume of milk needed.

There are a few ways to cope with this:

* Try not to press on your breast with your fingers while breastfeeding, as any pressure or massage can increase the flow of milk and cause a let down. Do not try to stop the flow with pressure as this could cause a blockage.

* Lie down while breastfeeding for the first few minutes. This will help, because it allows any extra milk to flow out of your baby’s mouth.

* Breastfeed in a reclining position. Keep yourself reclined at an angle with your baby lying on her tummy. This uses gravity to your advantage, as milk is not forced down your baby’s throat.

* Another helpful breastfeeding position: Allow your baby to straddle your leg and sit her upright whilst breastfeeding, hold her back and neck for support.

* Remember to burp your baby often, because your baby might be swallowing air, which will make her uncomfortable.

Hang in there mommy, your baby might also be going through a growth spurt and this will explain the extra fussiness and change in feeding pattern. A growth spurt usually only lasts a few days.

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colic and feeding less

by Mariam
(North London)

Hi, i am breastfeeding my seven weeks old baby. He has colic and a very loose stool more than ten times a day but Dr said to be normal. He is not on the breast as long as he was before he had colic. I have tried everything and really tired. I think he is not gaining weight these weeks as he is not feeding well due to colic pain. He cries most of the day and night.

Please help!

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Oct 16, 2013
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Colic
by: Lyssa

Having a bowel movement after every nursing session is not uncommon for an exclusively breastfed baby, and not itself a need to worry. Breastfed babies also normally have very loose, sometimes seedy yellow or green poo. All of this is within the scope of normal. Not fun to clean so many poo diapers, but nothing in itself to worry about.

If baby is having 3-6 wet diapers a day, I would not worry about baby gaining enough weight. Often the "normal" is a formula fed baby chart when a breastfed baby's diet is drastically different.

The WHO has a breastfed baby only growth chart you can find online if you would like, but a baby often becomes more efficient at nursing as he or she gets older and that is not a concern.

There is no known reason for colic, although some associate it with an increase in gas for the baby that he or she is finding hard to pass. It is never easy to deal with a crying baby for hours on end, and most find they need to "tag team" with their partner, a friend, or another family member such as a sister or mother.

Taking turns with the baby can help one remain calm in such a tense situation. Gas drops may help settle baby's tummy and bowels. "bicycling" baby's legs or rubbing their lower tummy can also help relieve gas pressure in baby.


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breast feeding and colic

by Mpho G. Ndlovu
(RSA JHB)

Thank you, this information you've provided is practical and clear as I was able to quikly identify my babies struggles and also get solutions to it!

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Babies' Magic Tea is the best for colic
by: Lisa

When my baby boy had colic, it was painful for everybody, we tried everything to help him feel better, unfortunately nothing helped and the crying and sleepless night continued until my coworker told me about Babies' Magic Tea, she said that everybody in her family use it for newborns to treat and prevent gas and colic.
That was the best advice I ever had, my baby is not fussy anymore and he even sleeps better at night.
I wanted to share my experience with every parent with a colicky baby.

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My Experience with colic

by by Tabitha
(Ireland)

Hi there.
I just thought i would share my experience that i have had so far. i have a six week old little girl called Abbie and she is my first child.

After she had been home about a week my mum noticed that she was showing colicy symptoms (she knew them because i had been a colicy baby). She then went to the local pharmacy and asked for anything that might help and was given the lactase enzymes.

I have to say that the lactase enzymes have worked an absolute miracle. She has been taking them for about 4 weeks now and the difference in her was extremely noticeable after a few days.

She was no longer in as much pain and didn't seem to have to work as hard to pass wind. Now it has to be said that she is a totally different baby.

I just thought i would share my story in case there are any other mums out there whom are struggling with a colicy baby.

All the best

Tabitha & Abbie

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Effects of Colic

by Elizabeth

What are the effects of colic?

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colic effects
by: Tracy

Hi, here is more information on colic...


Article 1 -

The colic infant

Article 2 -

The colic infant

Hope this helps


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medical therapy for reflux

by Alison
(Australia)

Your page is a very useful description of reflux in infants and its treatment, but I was disappointed that there was no mention that sometimes medication is also indicated and may be very effective.

My child was started on a proton pump inhibitor at 3 months of age and within a single day my sad, irritable, in-pain child was a new person.

She smiled. Lots. Every day. Our life was totally changed. I still feel guilty that she spent so many weeks in such terrible pain. She is now 14 months old and still breastfeeding.

I doubt we would have managed this if we hadn't treated her reflux because every feed was so traumatic : screaming, arching , rigid posture etc. and both of us in tears each time.

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Breastfed baby-rash/blood/reflux

by Lauren
(PGH, PA)

I started noticing acid reflux symptoms in my breastfed baby when he was about a month old, but he didn't seem to be in discomfort other than he would only sleep on his side and he preferred to be upright.

When he was 2 months old he started to get a red bumpy rash on his face occasionally after he would breastfeed.

It was around the holidays and I asked the doctor if he could have a nut allergy since that seemed to be the only thing that was increased in my diet.

The doctor said probably not and baby tend to break out in rashes. Around 3 months he had one bloody stool diaper, then green poop for a week straight.

The doctors office said nothing to worry about he probably just had a stomach virus. Then about a week after his suspected stomach virus, he was screaming, gasping to breath, arching his back, and flexing his stomach inward for about an hour after nursing.

We took him to the doctor they attributed it to his acid reflux being amplified following the irritation of the stomach virus he had the prior week and put him on an probiotic and Zantac.

Still on occasion when he would eat his face would break out in a rash. Now that he is 4 months old; his face seems to be breaking out in this rash with almost every feed.

He had diarrhea the other day, then I've noticed spots of blood in his poop again. I see a small anal fissure which I'm assuming is the cause of the blood.

Does anyone have any idea what could be causing my little man to be breaking out in a facial rash after eating? It is occurring more frequently as he is getting older. Is it normal for a 4 month, exclusively breastfed baby to have an anal fissure?

He also started coughing and crying a few minutes after he eats when he breaks out in this rash now too.

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Food to avoid
by: Tee

Hi!

Shame man, sounds like you guys are having a hard time. There are a few foods that could cause allergies through your breast milk...

But first some other symptoms of food allergies to look out for:

* Eczema
* Wheezing chest, asthma like stmptoms
* Colic, fussiness and not sleeping
* Acid reflux and vomiting
* Runny nose, itchy eyes
* Diarrhea, constipation or rashes
* Weight loss

Here is the list of foods to watch out for:

Artificial sweeteners, alcohol, cigarette smoke, caffeine, Dairy products, Shellfish,
Eggs, Peanuts, Food dyes, supplements and medication.

Get an allergy test done on your baby before trying an elimination diet. Unnecessary elimination of certain foods can cause other issues.

Resent research suggests that the introduction of "culprit allergy foods" into your baby's diet in small amounts from the age of 4 months can prevent allergic reactions later on. A mother is now encouraged to eat these foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding, unless she herself if allergic to a specific food. Some culprit foods include dairy products, nuts, fish, eggs, wheat, soy and citrus fruits.

Reference for this new information:

Allergies - Where are we now?
http://pen.sagepub.com/content/36/1_suppl/49S.short

Early consumption of peanuts in infancy is associated with a low prevalence of peanut allergy.

http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(08)01698-9/abstract?cc=y=


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Breastfeeding on demand even with Reflux?

Everyone is always talking about always breastfeeding on demand even if it is for comfort.

But if my baby has GER and drinking too much milk can make it worse do I still breastfeed on demand?

Cause my boy wants to suck frequently then falls asleep on the breast (still latched on) and then starts gagging on the milk since he is asleep and no longer swallowing.

Then after the feed he spits up frequently, despite that he is held up and burped and his diaper is always changed before the feeding.

After the spit up he wants to feed again. And I don't know what to do anymore. I have no problems feeding on demand, but I don't want to be making his problems worse!

Oh and yes nursing to sleep, another thing that sounds so nice and romantic. But due to the whole GER and spit up issue he always has to be burped after the feed and a lot of the times that wakes him up which in turn ofc means he wants to feed again.

If I feed him again he will mostly spit up again and look distressed. I feel lost with what to do.
Breastfeeding on demand sounds so simple and nice... why can't it be as simple and nice as it sounds?

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