my baby is 3 weeks old and he doesn't stop crying and moving as if he had colic, he also vomits twice or three times a day. I am breast feeding him, and I am not eating any food that might cause him gas. How can I help him? Do ou think he might be alergic to my milk?

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Anne - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter has bad reflux - it can be very painful but not always.  She is quite bad so is on some strong medication.  It is a bit too soon to say for sure if it is this or one of the other causes the other mums have mentioned.  Try the gripe water (this has an antacid effect so may help).  Also keep him upright after feeds as people have suggested, for 20/30 minutes.  Raise the head end of his cot/ basket to help keep milk down and I do think cutting out dairy might help.  It is a cause of reflux in up to a third of babies.  They can be allergic to milk protein.  This does improve with age but I am cutting out diary in the hope that it will help my daughter.  He is still very young so this could be normal possetting.  Try not to worry yet, keep an eye on his weight and if he goes off his feeds (they associate feeds with pain) then you need to look into it further.  My daughter is exclusively breastfed and has been since birth, however it is still a problem.  Changing to formula WILL NOT HELP, as it is much harder for them to digest.  Be careful if you are reccommended gaviscon infant as it made my daughter consitipated.



Babies do spit up, but you will know if your child is in pain.  Reflux babies tend to scream and often cry out in their sleep as the reflux burns.  I hope this is not the case for you but it is best to be aware.  Good luck!

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There is no such thing as allergic to your milk!!! It's made just for that by nature!! My son was like that for 18 months- i hate to tell you!! He constantly smelt of puke- it was vile!! No meds worked, no diet worked, nothing helped!! My poor son was in agony for a good nine months!! He eventually outgrew it, and is strong as an ox today- i had him elective c-section and to be honest i don't think he was ready to be born- he just wasn't ready to be out my tummy and i suffered for it!! Try anything and everything that qualified people suggest and just hang in there- it will get better!!



Babies can be allergic to substances in a mother's milk. My son is allergic to cow's milk so when I eat/digest cow's milk, he spits up more, acts more fussy and cranky, and does not sleep well at all because of discomfort. Follow your intuition. It took me forever to figure out that he had an allergy because he didn't act THAT bad. Now I feel awful that I was putting him through such discomfort for so long (he's 8 months old and we just figured this out a few weeks ago) just because I didn't realize it was bothering him...I had even mentioned it to our ped and he dismissed it saying that he was growing fine. It could take a while to figure what works. We are giving him hypoallergenic formula and breastmilk to reduce the effect that my intake has on him. Since your baby is so young, I would try to reduce/eliminate dairy from your diet enough that he can still breastfeed as long as possible. Also keep in mind, many babies that have dairy allergies are also allergic to soy products. Most will grow out of both allergies. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions about things that we have tried.

Heather - posted on 04/15/2009

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Try going right to a vegetarian diet for a few days, and then slowly add your normal foods back in. My 3 week old baby gets a sore belly when I drink milk. I've also heard of colicky babies from moms eating meats.



Have you tried giving him Gripe water? This stuff works wonders for my baby. Good luck! You can do it!

Barbara - posted on 04/15/2009

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I don't think he is allergic to your milk.  My 100% breastfed son was that way as well in the early weeks.  I think it just had to do with the fact that his body was just learning how to digest for the first time.  It went away with time and never came back.

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Are you sure he doesn't have reflux? My son had this at about 8weeks - 14 weeks.

It passes as soon as their digestive track starts working better

Sezy - posted on 04/17/2009

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My bub had really bad colic. I was told by my doctor to feed every 4 hours. If there tummy is to full it makes the colic worse. Also i gave him marina colic relief. I also slept him on his tummy. This helped alot. My bubs colic went away at 31/2 months i was so happy.

Carole - posted on 04/17/2009

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My little girls was the same she would feed then through up about 3 times a day... i started eliminating foods till i found the one that stopped it and in the end it was COWS milk... Now she is fine she is now 10months and i am on a soy diet... even if i have just a little bit of cows milk in my tea she vomits....

But i agree with Heather Gripe water works a TREAT even before i worked out that it was milk the Gripe water worked amazing

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A friend of mine had a breastfed baby that cried all the time also. They finally found out (at 9 months) that the baby had acid reflux. They put her on meds and a special wedge in the crib. It worked wonders.

Roseanne - posted on 04/16/2009

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My son was bad with colic and he was only ever breastfed. If he had bottom trapped wind i'd gently move his knees up to his chest and it would expell the wind. He'd brink up sick after every feed. I used to give him tea spoons (only as he's not take a bottle) of cooled boiled water or gripe water. Altho the gripe water i think made him bring up more sick as his wind came up faster. The tummy tub (bath shaped like a bucket) was my mini god. Oliver used to get up to 5 baths a day as it was brilliant for gently bringing up wind. Also use gravity to your advantage, going up and down stairs, holding on to your baby so that he is secure and bending over even putting him down and up again moves the air trapped inside and brings it up.
Kyle couldn't drink fast enough and used to struggle a bit with my milks flow. So he use to be bad with his wind.Or drank too much due to gulping it down to keep up with it and was sick due to drinking too much.Thankfully he copes better now

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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he wouldnt be allergic to your milk but might be allergic to something you are eating i'd try taking things out of your diet and see what happens... my lily oneis allergic to or have a sensitivity to cow milk.... so no milk for me

Tracey - posted on 04/16/2009

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I also think it sounds like GERD (reflux)  .... do a little research on it.



Here's a really great "gripe water" that worked wonders for my daughetrs:  www.coliccalm.com

Dawn - posted on 04/16/2009

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Sounds like reflux to me. My daughter had it and was so uncomfortable that she would cry. I also had to limit my intake of dairy (I breastfeed) because the dairy made the reflux worse. I'd take him to his doctor and have him checked out for reflux. Also, it is possible it could be food related; try keeping a log of what you eat so if he has a bout with colic or excessive spit ups, you can look and see what you ate. Good luck- I know it can be frustrating!

Cynthia - posted on 04/16/2009

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thanks a lot for your comments. I'll go tomorrow to a breastfeeding support group. I've been trying all your suggestions and hopefully he'll get better. I'll check out the hyper lactation syndrome, I found it pretty interesting and it really makes sense because  he was born a little earlier (week 36.5) , so he might be just not ready for all these changes... i'll take it easy....  THANKS!!!

Natalie - posted on 04/15/2009

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what kind of vomit is it, just like spit up, or like a whole feed ?

my little girl had wind loads in the first month and a half, someone told me it;s just there body has to get used to getting rid of wind thats all.

i'm assuming you try different ways of winding him, one of the best ways for us was lying our daughter across my knees on her tummy and gently rubbing her back, or holding her by my shoulder, slightly higher and gently patting her back and also patting her bum ( this was always good for us, because of the nappy i used to be able to give her a good pat and this worked) and also the colic drops were quite good (infocal).

I would be surprised if he was allergic to your milk, i doubt this is it, but if in doubt talk to your doctor or health carer about the vomiting.

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2009

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I have not read the other posts...but a couple things...if you are producing a LOT of milk and he's spitting up/throwing up 2- 3oz he may just be overeating at each feeding.  This could very likely be the case when your milk is highest in the mornings.  Does he spit up  that much after this evening feedings when your milk is the lowest?  If not, try pumping that evening feeding once and seeing how much it is...you'[ll get a sense of how much his little belly can hold.  Then you could make some adjustments...like feeding him for less time earlier in the day and then pumping the rest for later use.  It could also be that he has acid reflux or something else going on...you pediatrician may be able to help, BUT you may be better off talking to a lactation consultant.



 



I am not sure where you are located geographically, but the Pump Station in Santa Monica, CA has a great website (http://www.pumpstation.com/pumpstation/) and I swear I called them 2-3 times a week for the first month or so.  You can ask to speak with the lactation consultant over the phone if you have a few quick questions.  If you happen to be local they have breastfeeding support groups 4 days a week or perhaps there is one in your area.  They are a great.

Heather - posted on 04/15/2009

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it might be that you have a lot of milk and he isn't getting enough hind milk. try feeding on one breast for four hours and then switching, that really helped my 4 week old. it actually instantly started to get better, he is the best baby now because he hardly ever fusses. its called: hyper lactation syndrome, i would check that out.

Cheryn - posted on 04/15/2009

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There is no such thing as allergic to your milk!!! It's made just for that by nature!! My son was like that for 18 months- i hate to tell you!! He constantly smelt of puke- it was vile!! No meds worked, no diet worked, nothing helped!! My poor son was in agony for a good nine months!! He eventually outgrew it, and is strong as an ox today- i had him elective c-section and to be honest i don't think he was ready to be born- he just wasn't ready to be out my tummy and i suffered for it!! Try anything and everything that qualified people suggest and just hang in there- it will get better!!

Melanie - posted on 04/15/2009

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I agree with Lauren. My DS spat up A LOT but never projectile and the pediatrician said it was just the extra he didn't need. But if he's uncomfortable it could be reflux...

Darcy - posted on 04/15/2009

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Sounds like acid reflux to me. Does he get any burps out? Try to keep him upright for at least 20 minutes after feeding and see if that helps. You probably should call your ped. There is a prescription medicine for this. My son had to sleep on a wedge his was so bad. Hope you find relief for him soon.

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is it possible that he is just eating a lot? maybe his little tummy is full and the spit up is extra milk that he didn't need. it can take a while for your milk supply to settle down so it's possible you're over-producing. I'd give it some time and try not to worry too much if he seems healthy otherwise. the clean-up sucks but it's inevitable with babies!

Cynthia - posted on 04/15/2009

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Hi Melanie, he spits up after almost every feeding, but some times it is like 2 or  3 oz of milk, which I don't think is a "spit-up", but vomit... What do you think?

Melanie - posted on 04/15/2009

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Do you mean actual vomit or spit-up? If it's projectile I'd see the doctor asap. If not I think the veggie diet is a good idea too.

Melissa - posted on 04/15/2009

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This happened with me and my 3 baby. He cride for the first 4 months! The only peace I ever got was when I gave him tummy gas reliefe drops. And then it only lasted about a half hour of peace. What worked with my son is massaging his tummy after he ate, and burping him ALL THE TIME. I hope that you find what works with your baby, good luck. I know the agony of not being able to calm a baby down, and feel like its your fault, but its not. You are doing everything right, he may just be a fussy baby. Good luck. ANd know that this phase will pass.

Cynthia - posted on 04/15/2009

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I'll try the vegetarian diet to see if it helps him... I am very tired and want to rest, but my other two toddlers are very demanding as well and this is getting really hard... thanks a lot for your help!

Barbara - posted on 04/15/2009

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I am a vegetarian and my son still had what sounds like the same thing.  I did cut out gassy veggies like broccoli and cabbage, but I don't know how much difference it made in the end.

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