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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Post by tbear on Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:55 pm

I've been told that gas is baby's #1 enemy but for some reason my lo gets really backed up about 5pm every morning. He poops and toots all throughout the day but he hasn't been pooping at night the last couple of weeks and at 5am he will pull his knees up to his chest, hold his breath and push and sometimes gets out a toot but doesn't poop again until late morning. It breaks my heart, i can see it's painful. Why does this happen at 5am? What can i do to releave it or prevent it? :iconsad:

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Post by sinfulskin on Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:24 pm

I take it hes quite a youngun? There isnt alot you can do to prevent it ..mabey try diferent positions so hes not gulping to try keep up with your flow, use infacol, cycle his legs lots of winding if he is young. The fact that hes regular is great and his gut is just adjusting ..this will pass xxx

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Post by Natasha on Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:27 pm

I agree you may need to try different positions to help him.

Its not unusual at this age as his stomache is maturing still, also it might be possibly something you have changed in your diet so check that too, its unlikely but possible.

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Post by Pink Rose on Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:22 pm

Maybe you are swapping breasts too often? B/c I have been led to believe that a lot of fore-milk and not enough hind-milk is partly responsible for the gas.

Anyway good luck. :bighug:

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Post by Natasha on Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:57 pm

Ah yes good point Pink hun!

What colour poo does he have? if its greeny it could mean you are feeding him too much fore.

Make sure when you are feeding, its the one breast, then on the next feed use that same breast again to make sure baby gets that hind milk and then swop and do the same ont he other side.

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Post by Pink Rose on Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:03 pm

Yeah, that's right and give your tit a good squeeze to see if the milk had gone thick and creamy yellow/white colour that's the hind milk. Stick baby back on that same breast at much as you can till your tit feels completely empty and utterly floppy! Then swap! That's the way I have always done it with my babes. Meanwhile, before swapping, the other tit might feel like it's going to burst, express or use breast shells inside your bra to gently ease the discomfort and to collect your excess milk.

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Post by tbear on Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:22 pm

His doctor suggested that i lay him across my knees on his stomach and rub his back which makes his stomach rub against my knees. This seems to have worked! I do this before bed and through out the night and for the last two nights he has been tooting and pooping at night once again Smile








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Post by kay on Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:13 pm

cheers

I find this an effective position whenever mine have had belly aches.

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Post by Drusilla on Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:40 am

I'm afraid I will have to disagree with some of you ladies here as what you have said is a little bit misleading.
There is no foremilk/hindmilk switch over. What happens as the baby continues feeding the fat content increases. It is more like when you turn on a hot water tap - first the water comes through cold, but eventually it gets warmer and warmer until it is hot.

more info here

On the link it suggests feeding baby more frequently rather than increase the length of the feed, though swapping from breast to breast can help.

There is some more info here on causes of gassiness in babies - likely contenders are your baby ingesting anything other than breast milk, e.g. food, formula, certain medications. Other common causes are a forceful letdown or over supply issues in the mother.
It may also be a sign of thrush as well.
It is not likely it is anything you have eaten, Tbear.
The massage suggestion is an excellent one, gentle massage in a clockwise direction can help with indigestion problems, and you can also help by laying baby on his back and gently cycling his legs after a feed as this will help with bringing his wind up.
Hope this helps (and apologies if I've trodden on any one's toes

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Post by claireea on Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:22 pm

my baby girl was windy and seemed to strain lots with no result. i did a baby massage course and yoga which helped. she is now 16 weeks and has just grown out of it herself.

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Post by tbear on Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:33 pm

Thanks everyone!

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