my son is so gassy, was sleepiing like 3-4 hrs now up every2...sometimes 1 not even to eat just because he is unsettled????? I hate to say it but does anyone think its my milk??? I dont want to switch to formula yet, maybe around 5-6 m???? suggestions..
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Katie - posted on 03/06/2009
I also would recommend cutting out dairy and see if that makes a difference. I know several moms that have fixed lots of digestive issues by just doing that. DO NOT switch to formula, especially if you aren't ready--if he is having problems with your milk then he will probably have much worse problems with formula, seeing how it is harder to digest.
Some suggestions: burp often (at least twice during each side), don't put him flat on his back immediately after feeding him, try bicycling his legs and holding above his knee and pushing both legs into his tummy (if you know the song daisy, daisy give me your answer true, I'm half crazy all for the love of you... they love it--or just sing song iiiiiin and oooouuut, iiiiin and oooout), try gripe water (walgreens baby section, it's a combination of herbal extracts like fennel and ginger that helps settle their stomachs), try laying him on his tummy over your lap or on your chest after feeding him with his knees under his tummy to help him digest his food.
Here's an article from Kellymom about food sensitivity and babies: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/foo...
Jennifer - posted on 03/06/2009
My son had the same thing ( arching of the back/gassy/fussy) and it started at about 3 months too.
The pediatrician said he had reflux and I had to nurse him at a 40 degree angle, hold him upright after feedings, and burp him alot. I also had to cut out ALL dairy. That is the most common problem (milk protein). Cutting out dairy is really what worked for us. He's a completely different baby! It takes a couple weeks for the protein to leave your body, so hang in there. And I had to be very careful of hidden dairy in certain foods that you wouldn't think had any milk at all. Watch out for whey, and anything that has casien in the ingredients.
All I can say is that I feel your pain, and the milk protein was the biggest trigger for us. It was difficult changing my diet, but I am happy I kept nursing.
Every now and then, I will give him some Gripe Water because he is teething and the extra saliva is making him a little gassy.
My LO is now almost 10 months and is happy as can be!
Jessica - posted on 03/06/2009
That is very unlikely unless you are eating food that could be causing him gas. Stay away from cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc. Sometimes spicy foods can cause those symptoms, too. Start with broccoli and the like, and see if his symptoms improve. But, breast milk is the easiest form of food for a baby to digest and usually breast-fed babies have less colic than formula-fed babies on even the best formula. Try modifying your diet before you modify your son's. Good luck!
Arika - posted on 03/06/2009
My daughter was like that when she was about one month old only she was up around the clock with gas pain. I would take her legs and bend them up gently pushing on her belly. This helped her pass gas and calm her down. Also I cut out any gas producing foods from my diet such as dairy, broccoli, etc... Anything that makes you gassy can make him gassy. I also read that chocolate can make babies gassy.
Emily - posted on 03/06/2009
You could certainly try cutting down (or out) your dairy intake.... that may help reduce the gas but I agree with Melanie, it could be anything. Around this age they are becoming more aware of their surroundings and so often not feeding as well during the day so they make up the calorie intake at night when things are dark and quiet with no distractions. Try to make sure your baby is eating well during the day (feeding in a dark, quiet room should help) and try just rocking him back to sleep sometimes at night (if he's really hungry, you'll know because he won't be comforted by the rocking but if he just needs to be comforted he may start to wake up less because he won't expect the breast at every waking). There's no need to switch to formula and even if you happened to be pregnant, you can keep breastfeeding. Check out www.drjacknewman.com for more info. Good luck!
Melanie - posted on 03/06/2009
Sorry you're having this problem. I would call his pediatrician and see what they advise. If he is 3 months he doesn't need to be fed every 2 hours; he can easily go 3 hours btwn feedings. My daughter is 4 mo and she goes 3 1/2 - 4 hours btwn feedings. But I don't think it's your milk unless you are drinking a lot of caffeine or eating spicy foods. This may not be food related. Gas doesn't always hurt; I can hear (and smell!) my 4 mo old passing gas but she doesn't cry. Your son could be having sleep issues. He could be waking (maybe passing gas wakes him) and having a hard time resettling himself. I suggest swaddling him tightly before laying him down; flailing around wakes babies prematurely. The book "Happiest Baby on the Block" by Dr. Harvey Karp was a help to me. There are so many things it could be; from teething, to sleep cycles, to being cold or hot, flailing waking him, etc. Just try one thing at a time to see if it helps. But ruling out any physical problems first is always the safest route. Good luck to you & hope you get some needed sleep soon.
Mandi - posted on 03/06/2009
who knows, but im getting discouraged...and am ready to rip my hir out...he is bcoming so fussy now during the day....arching back rejection to breast, maybe i am assuming he is hngry and its something else
Melinda - posted on 03/06/2009
ok well you know if it's a possibility. When you get prego while nursing your milk changes a lot of mom's aren't aware of that. Well if he has enjoyed your milk for the past 3 months I don't think it's your milk. Maybe he is teething and it hurts him so he's not filling his belly and getting gassy because of it. It might be some of the foods you are eating. If you eat gassy foods it comes out in your milk, I couldn't touch burgers, onions, take-out or certain veggies. Hope this helps