My son is 1 month old and breastfed and having gas problems.

Seabrey - posted on 02/10/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

4

6

0

He has terrible gas all the time and has a hard time sleeping good because of it. Any suggestions on how to help with the gas? I do burp him after every feeding and have also been using simethicone (infant gas drops). Should I consider switching to formula or will that make it worse?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Katrina - posted on 02/12/2009

2

16

0

My son was the same way when i was breastfeeding him. It was absolutely horrible. But I ended up taking dairy out of my diet and he was fine after that. Then when he switched to formula i had him on Soy. Hope this helps...

Louise - posted on 02/11/2009

5

21

1

HI there.  My son had gas problems too that were also making it difficult for him to relax.  I took him to a naturopath  and he put him on probiotics......2 days later he started sleeping through the night.  From 7pm all the way to 7am!  

Jessica - posted on 02/10/2009

34

32

1

Mine had the same thing and my ped told me to stop drinking milk and eating any type of dairy products because they are passed through your milk suppy and some babies are lactose intolerent. I stopped all dairy and it was a huge change. He went from being gassy and having colic to being a very happy baby. And he started sleeping for 6 hours at a time which was great. I love love love milk and it was really hard to give up but I bought some lactose free milk and it is delicious and now it's all I drink.

DON"T give up the nursing. Formula is just as bad you have to go through all kinds to find one that works. Try using a food diary and wrtie down what you eat too and you'll be able to tell what upsets his tummy by what you eat. Hang in there!!

Ashley - posted on 02/10/2009

104

19

31

keep at it with the BF , a couple things we did with our daughter was leg exercieses, gently bend your childs knees and push them in toward his belly in a circular motion, do this for a few min and it shudl help ( i hope i explained it ok, it's kinda hard to do with out showing ) but push them up toward the left and and bring back down toward the right, then after a few min switch directions. also try swaddeling him at night with his kness bend up so his curled into a ball. this helps push the gas out, you can also go through your diet, if you have started eating somtign diff it may be that, also if this is somthign that has just started it just may bethat he has found his lungs, both of my girls around 3-4 weeks the started to cry a lot, before that the were very quiet just let out a little cry if they needed somthing, but by the time 4 weeks came around the had a cranky time of day, and with my second she woudl scream for a few hours in the evening we thought it may be colic , but after a few weeks it let up, so jst be patient, give lots of cuddles, and try carrying him round a lot during the day. Oh also when you carry him around try carrying him on your forarm so he is facing down this puts pressure on his tummy which will help with the gas, and from the movement of you walking it also works the gas out, but definatly keep with the BF, switching to forumla could make it worse hope this helps and good luck

Kelly Green - posted on 02/11/2009

2

15

0

I also forgot, a really awesome website for breastfeeding questions is kellymom.com. They are very analytical, and you can figure out the answers to your problems by taking it step by step. That is how I found that my daughter did not have reflux. She was experiencing a problem with my let down, it was too forceful for her. I cannot explain it exactly, you will just have to experience it for yourself. I cannot sing it's praises enough. You will love it!

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

25 Comments

View replies by

Ramyaanand - posted on 12/12/2013

1

0

0

even my son had the problem and my ped suggested to give him dispas (drops) which brought up a great change in him... he is very happy with his sleep.

Karina - posted on 02/12/2009

3

25

0

(Adorable baby, by the way!) I tend to do baby exercises with my little guy. Laying him on my legs and moving his legs as though he's 'riding a bicycle' or pumping them up into his tummy to almost 'press out' the gas tends to work well. He loves this, and it relieves a lot of gas, plus keeps his muscles limber. I have heard that formula can constipate baby more.



 



Also, watch what kinds of food you're taking in - raw veggies, spicy foods, garlic, onions, dairy, and citrus to name a few tend to cause a lot of gas in babies. Try avoiding these foods a week at a time to see which ones might be the nasty gas givers!



 



Good luck!

Chrystol - posted on 02/12/2009

4

11

0

Have you tried gripe water? I also changed my son over to soy formula and that helped a little bit

Elizabeth - posted on 02/11/2009

4

13

0

I also started letting him eat only on one side to make sure he was getting the hindmilk, it definitely seems to be helping.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/11/2009

4

13

0

I had to do the same and eliminate dairy products, I eat small amounts occasionally such as cheese, but very little. Also, I've stayed away from garlic, tomatoes and very gassy vegetables. The doctor told us to give the mylacon drops 2-3 times daily as a preventative. Our son was also diagnosed with reflux. Before he was waking up 30 minutes after lying him down, now we are following all the reflux precautions: elevating the head of his bed, keeping him up for 20 min after all feedings and we started Prevacid. Now he is sleeping 3-5 hrs at a time at night, usually only waking up once (he's 6 wks old). We also starting a bathtime routine around 10pm everynight... this also seems to be helping him sleep!

Tami - posted on 02/11/2009

21

7

2

consider what you are eating he may be having a problem with something. Babies sometimes have a hard time with dairy, nuts, chocolate, eggs, caffiene, onions, broccoli, and many more. good luck and stick with BFing it is the best thing you can do for ur LO. I only planned on doing it for 3 months but He'll be a year old in a month and we are just now starting to wean. He's one of the happiest healthies babies I know

Zenaida - posted on 02/11/2009

17

50

0

consider that i had the same problem and the doctor switch my baby to nutramigen bcz that problem is well know as collics

Kelly Green - posted on 02/11/2009

2

15

0

My little girl was very gassy too. I ate very blan foods, such as peanut butter sandwiches and cereal for a while. I also used mylanta. It contains the simethicone and an antacid. I would give her .1ml after each feeding. This was what my doctor suggested. She did not have reflux, just gassy. Just know that his system will eventually adjust. I would not change to formula just yet, the benefits are too great to give up just this early on. Things are hard now but it will get better, I promise!

Kim - posted on 02/10/2009

111

27

29

I had the same problem with my daughter. The leg exercises and gas drops helped but it was still an issue. I have a hard time giving up dairy so I thought that maybe she had a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. I started nursing longer on one side and fed 2 feedings on the same side. Made a huge difference.  She is 4 months old and we no longer have gassy problems.

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009

2

16

0

One more thing I forgot...if I ever had to pump a bottle for him, he had the best non-gassy experience with Playtex Drop-ins. They have a collapsing liner that helps keep air out of the nipple.

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009

2

16

0

My experience with breastfeeding and gas was that it was the food I ate that gave my son gas. Anything--chocolate, peanut butter, tomatoes, broccoli, eggs...they all gave him horrible gas. I pretty much ate meat and potatos for about three months. A good site to visit to research articles is www.babycenter.com. They have excellent advice/articles about what to eat and avoid eating when breast feeding. The advice comes both from other moms as well as experts!
Good luck, and don't give up yet!!!

Erin - posted on 02/10/2009

2

16

0

I've been having the same problem with my 7 week old.  He's fine all day, but at night is fussy at night.  I thought it was gas at first, but now am starting to think it's just a growth spurt.  The one suggestion that I've been given but haven't tried yet, (only got it yesterday and he slept pretty well last night ) was to try warming up a towel in the dryer and then lay it across your forearm.  If you put your baby on top of that on his tummy it might settle him.  Makes sense to me, will force out some of the gas, and the warmth should be comforting.  Also, try to not let them cry too much before you feed.  If you have lots of milk and it causing gulping and whatnot you may want to try expressing a little off before you feed or positioning your baby a little different so they have to work against gravity to get their food.  It will slow down eating and might help that way.  I feel for you, hope it's just a short stage that passes quickly!  Good luck

Melissa - posted on 02/10/2009

1

8

0

i had the same problem with my 1st son. he started having problems at about 2 weeks old and had colic for like 4 straight monthes. i was so determined to completely breast feed him that i just made us both miserable. he ended up having milk protein allergy which ment if i was going to breast feed him i couldnt have any milk. which might not sound that hard except i found that everything has milk in it! read just about any label and it has milk in it. he ended up on soy formula. so when my second son began having that problem i started pumping and feeding him with dr. brown bottles and he did not have the problems my 1st son had. my pediatrician described it to me like this... they cry because they have gas... but they get more gas from crying, so it's just a circle. i even cut my 2nd sons milk with some formula because they were so sensitive to everything that i ate. but i do believe in breastfeeding! i got the flu when my 1st son was 8 weeks old and i just knew that he was going to get it and be in the hospital, but my pediatrician told me to keep breastfeeding him as much as possible and where a mask when i was around him and he did not get the flu. he was getting the antibody from me as i was making it.

Shiloh - posted on 02/10/2009

9

7

1

my son and daughter were also milk protein sensitive. the doctor called it colic but i did my own research. within four days of cutting out all dairy it was like i had a new child. i expected it with my son so right when he started crying and being gassy, i cut out dairy with the same results. do some web research on milk protein sensitivity and see if it sounds like your baby has it.

Nettie - posted on 02/10/2009

1

2

0

I had the same issues and what worked for me was to cut out coffee and eggs, Also it might be how you are holding him, What I was doing wrong was when I was feeding on the right side I would hold him to far to the right and his nose would to far down, his nose is supposed to be up in the air and chin down. So all I had to do was pull further to the left so he would look more up. That worked for me. Hope it all works out.  

Jessica - posted on 02/10/2009

34

32

1

I also use the same moves as descibed above with the pulling his knees to his chest to release some gas. But where he used to have gas all the time after stopping the dairy he definitely doesn't get it everyday.

Jessica - posted on 02/10/2009

34

32

1

All dairy. I still eat a cheeseburger every now and then and sometimes I will indulge in some ice cream. You just have to keep it to a very small amount. After stopping you wil realize how much you ate everyday and you become more concious of it. I can tell a huge difference in him if I over indulge in it. But the only thing I really missed was the milk and like I said I fixed that problem and I use the lactose free to cook with too.

Goldie - posted on 02/10/2009

5

21

0

I've had similar problems with DD. My Health Visitor showed me a "colic massage" with similar moves as described by Ashley.  I do this every night as part of her bedtime routine to try to avoid any "build up" of gas ;-)



She's fine with me eating dairy, but not oats(?), and I also suspect aliums. Am currently eating a quite restrictive diet of foods I think are ok and then slowly adding stuff back in.... she's 3.5months now, so I'm hoping she'll grow out of it soon anyway....

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms