Need help

Our 5 week old baby has waves of pain after breastmilk feedings. You can literally see it come over her. The waves usually last 20 seconds to a minute, and repeat every minute or 2. It can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hrs. Initially this was just in the day time, but it has moved to night as well. Have paralysis by analysis from over reading. Any ideas?

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Oct 14, 2012
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colic?
by: Zoe Burton

Sounds like she has colic have you tried infacol?

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reflux
by: Erin Barling

Or perhaps reflux?? Dr can prescribe meds, I used Zantac with my second bub.

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few tips
by: Saaniya Naik

Check ur feeding positions!!!! If ur positions r wrong, ur child will intake air too!!!! Give her colic 15mins before feed 3times a day, check the proper dosage on the box or with ur doc!!!! C to it that the nipple portion is totally in her mouth when she sucks!!!! Make sure she does burrp after she breastfeeds!!!! U should hold her upright with her head on ur shoulder for atleast 3mins after every feed!!!! She will be ok, dont worry!!!!

Also try to differ between colic n gas!!!! If she get quite when u move,carry,walk with her.... It means COLIC!!!! But if nothing works n she still cry n shout in pain.... Then its GAS!!!!

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My advice
by: Tracy

Hi

Does your wife have an oversupply of milk? Or a forceful let down?

Sometimes, if you have an oversupply, your baby might be drinking too much foremilk (watery liquid) that comes out before the hind-milk (fattier, more filling milk)

Foremilk is high in lactose and this can cause cramps and colic symptoms.

To correct a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, you will need to breastfeed from only one breast per feeding session, if the other breast becomes engorged, you can just pump a little or hand express for comfort. After a few days of doing this, your milk supply should decease, which will help decrease the amount of foremilk.

On the other hand, if she has an forceful let down (milk flows very fast) baby might be struggling to keep up and might gag/choke and swallow air while breastfeeding, which can also cause bad tummy cramps.

More to read...

Read more on how to handle a forceful let down.

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Foremilk/hindmilk imbalance

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similar problem
by: Angel Tlatoani

I had a similar problem with my now 4 week old son. I believe it was due to a forceful let down. I followed the online advice of pumping a little before feeding. I also would gently force my baby to unlatch every few minutes just for a few seconds if I didn't have time to pump before feeding(my son is 4 weeks old and can still demand feeding pretty sporadically). My baby would choke every so often while feeding too, I thought he was being a fatty boy/just tryin to get the hang of eating but it made my nervous and so upset. That can also be attributed to a forceful let down, or so I've read. I also eliminated milk and limited my dairy intake at the same time I started doing the above. The problem improved pretty much immediately but I think it was because of the forceful let down so I'm slowly reintroducing milk into my diet.

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