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Kathryn - posted on 09/13/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 7 weeks old and lately she fusses constantly. I try feeding her and she starts crying more a few minutes after latching. I don't know what to do. she cries and cries. I even tried pumping. that seemed to work, but I have a hard time keeping up with her demand to eat. I've also tried formula when I have no breastmilk pumped but she practically gags on the bottle cuz she doesn't want it. please I need some help. am I doing something wrong?

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Misty - posted on 09/21/2010

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Perhaps she is really gassy? Try to burp her a lot. When my son was only a few weeks he would do that, but turned out he was really just gassy or had to potty. Maybe a nice bath would help to calm her, then try to feed her only after you've calmed her. Hope it helps!

P.S. No, you are not doing anything wrong! Babies can't say what they need and at this stage it's normal to think they are hungry when they cry. How much are you feeding her and how frequently?

Hanna - posted on 09/14/2010

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sometimes they fuss when they go through a growth fase, sometimes its wind thats hurting, or else it could be that your letdown reflex is a little stronger, if it happens during feeding. Feed/pump a bit more often, it'll encrease your milk production. If that's the main reason, it should even out again after about 3 days. If it seems to be your let-down, try leaning back for a minute or two, but my second daughter doesn't like that. She prefers to deal with the fast flow, to the slower flow when i lean back. So you'll have to see how yours reacts. Then sometimes walking helps while feeding, like suggested, or patting their back/bottom as this seems to calm mine down. Mostly tho, it seems to be growth fases of 3 to 7 days. Take heart, it passes. If you have had enough milk until now, I wouldn't advise that you supplement with formula. It will ultimately reduce your own milk supply, and for as long as it is an option for you, breastmilk is still the best for your baby. I breastfed my first for 18 months, and it was wonderful, cheap and convenient! :)

Oh yes, and if it's wind or colic related, that passes almost completely at 3 to 4 months. Gripe water works for some, or Infacol if you're in the UK.

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my daughter went through that fase. she could just be a little colicy. Keep breast feeding it helps keep your milk supply up for her demand. Try walking her around and gentaly rocking her in your arms as you walk. Usually some type of motion helps calm them. Also she may just need to blow off some steam so maybe try wrapping her up and put her in her crib and cry for 5 minutes then go in and pick her up and walk around the house. It is so hard to know what the problem could be when they are that young but hang in there it gets better =)

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Haley - posted on 09/24/2010

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I didn't read all the replies so sorry if this is repeatative but the greatest thing we discovered is the yoga/excercise ball! Our little boy is now 11 weeks but since week 3 (wish we would have known sooner!) we bounce him on the ball, burp him on the ball and get him ready for bed by bouncing on the ball- theres something about the consistant bouncing that can't be beat...as soon as he starts to get fussy, we go to the ball. It's good for you (think core workout!) and it somehow soothes your baby! Greatest tool ever!

Cherie - posted on 09/24/2010

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No, you arent doing anything wrong. I had a similar problem with my 8 week old. She would cry because its harder to get breast milk from the breast and since she had been bottle fed, she didnt want to work that hard. She also didnt want formula because she didnt like the taste. She probably is colicy but keep trying. It will get better.

Rachel - posted on 09/23/2010

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Your not doing anything wrong. My son was the same around the same age and I got advice from my local Plunket who told me that the peak age for crying and fussiness with no real reason is around 6-8 weeks. Its known as the period of purple crying. Check out this website - www.purplecrying.com - its quite handy to exlain about it. It made me feel much better that I wasn't doing anything wrong myself as he hadn't been like that before. He is now 9 weeks and seems to be on the other side of the worst of it and isn't quite as fussy at nights. Keep up the good work. It will be over soon.

Jaclyn - posted on 09/21/2010

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You might want to continue pumping after she has eaten and the store that milk into the freezer. you can get b-milk bags anywhere and I filled the bags up all the way. The bags have a measuring scale on it but their was so much more room for milk I just filled them up. Nothing will happen to the bag once it freezes. I have about 100 in my deep freezer now, which will last even longer about 6 months compared to refrigerator freezer. The bags are not cheep. Go to walmart they are the cheapest there. That is what I did. It will last 3 to 4 months in the freezer. Then when you go back to work if you do she can still have b-milk...



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Kathryn - posted on 09/21/2010

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she doesn't seem to have a routine. when she tries to eat her hands or sucks on thumb or fingers I feed her. when she starts crying and check to see what she needs. I think her fussiness was a growth spurt. she's much calmer now and I don't have to pump anymore

Kathryn - posted on 09/14/2010

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thanks. I started pumping every hour and feeding her every 2 to 3 hours, she getting almost 3oz. she seems to have calmed down. I think she prefer getting the milk fast.

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