Baby Gas

Christina - posted on 05/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is currently about a month and a week old. It seems he is having difficulty eating. He crys on my boobthen I take him off only to realize he has gas. This occurs many times during the feeding. He's being burped more often during the feeding than actually feeding. I am trying to find positions that may help eliminate this gas problem. Any tips would be great. Thanks!

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Karen - posted on 05/05/2009

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My son had bad gas issues the first 3 months...it was AWFUL!!! My husband and I got NO sleep, all he did was cry and fuss at night, I thought it was food I was eating so I cut out milk.. this.. and that.. and so on....I tried Mylicon drops it did NOT work, then someone told me about gripe water its all natural you get it at the health food store... I think it saved my marriage..lol It worked for my son. Also pushing his knees into his chest helped get the gas out. I think its pretty common. Good Luck

Ashley - posted on 05/05/2009

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Early on my son was the same. I felt like my letdown was too strong and he couldn't handle it so he was gulping making him swallow air. I use the football hold and tried to elevate his head a bit so my flow would slow down which helped to eliminate that. My pediatrician also made a great recommendation. My son was eating more than his belly could handle so she suggested giving him a half ounce of water in a bottle before nursing. He hated it at first because of the taste so we mix Gripe Water with it to sweeten and thicken it up. She said it helps to break down the breastmilk so it goes through their systems more easily. It was also a great way for him to get used to the bottle for future bottle feeding. Either way he should grow out of it and I wouldn't be too worried. All baby's bellies are sensitive and need time to develop

Olivia - posted on 05/05/2009

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You might want to look into the topic of foremilk/hindmilk imbalence. My little guy was having issues like yours when he was about that age and it was really stressful. It turned out he was getting more foremilk then hindmilk which caused him to be gassy and made nursing not very comfortable for him. He would pull away often and had what I described as a love-hate relationship with my boob. Other symptoms were greenish poo instead of golden yellow, and sometimes a foamy poo. Once I realized that this was the problem, I started feeding him only on one side per feeding. Also, if he wanted to eat again in the next couple of hours, he'd go back to the same breast. This seemed to work and we haven't had problems since.

Angel - posted on 05/05/2009

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Hi there...

My son was also very gassy for the first 2 months or so. What I found helped were the gas drops, having him lay on his back and doing "bicycle legs", giving him some "tummy time" with his knees up under his belly (really helps get the gas out) and also having him sleep in a semi-upright position ie: in his car seat, a slanted bouncer chair or by raising the head of his mattress slightly by placing a rolled towel or blanket under it. (I found this really helped, my son slept in his slanted seat for his first 2 months of life!) If none of that works, he will grow out of it...most of my sons gas problem stopped before he was 3 mos old.

If hes crying while nursing you might want to make sure that hes latched properly or maybe he just doesn't like the way you're holding him...try switching positions...my son prefers to lay on his left side regardless of the breast hes feeding on.

Hope this helps some : )

Ashley - posted on 05/05/2009

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Little tummys (the only place I found this was target) is something that I used on my daughter and that worked really well it is all natural so I felt better about giving it to her! It does seem like you are giving them a lot but since its got all natural ingredients and it helped i didnt mind!! also a warm bath if they are really gassy helps! And also give him Milicon gas drops also worked really great and you can give that every 2 hrs and its basically like tums for babies and that worked really well too!!! if all else fails try the whole out the the bad menuver if you know what im talking about ! hehe my husband loved to do this to our daughter it would make him and me crack up!!! hope this helps

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