Help with newborn that screams after each feed...

Lee - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am breastfeeding my beautiful relaxed newborn, but find after30 mins or so, she screams like she is in severe pain and sometimes does not settle again for over an hour.. she finds comfort from the dummy, but still refuses it when a screaming bout ensues.. I am finding it all very distressing.. I feel helpless and hope when she looks at me in pain she doesnt think I am the cause of it....

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Hey my daughter did that too would feed, scream for 3 hrs sleep for 45 mins and wake up for another feed she did this for the first 3 months. I went to my GP and health nurse. It turned out to be Colic. Have a look at the foods you are eating some can make your baby very windy i think Peas is one i can think of off the top of my head, the other was dairy its all trial and error there are natural and non natural drops that you can get from your local chemist which may help. I found the Brauer brand worked best for me. I hope things get better for you :-)

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2009

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Try to put a soothing music which you love or love to listen when u were pregnant while breastfeeding after don't put her down straight away until u r sure she is fast asleep if she is, wrap her up! then put her down to your basinet or her bed then put a shirt that u've put on that day as she can smell u and if it doesnt work when she cries dont pick her up straight away try to calm her by moving the cradle gently side to side while singing to her this will calm her or if worse comes to worse take her for a bath before u breastfeed her with a soothing song on cd player then after the bath try to put her on her back to massage her gently with baby oil or powder this will tier her out, wrap her up, breastfeed, put down gently, stay for 2 minutes next to bassinet or bed sitting down, moving out cm to cm, until next to the door. Then trust me this will work!

Melanie - posted on 03/31/2009

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Yeah my first bub did that too. He got bad wind pains after his feeds, would have to burp him for ages after each feed, and my health nurse at the time also said that he may had a touch of collic. Which is a condition of getting wind traped in your belly and that. Hope your little one gets over it soon and good luck, i know its heart breaking, keep up the good work.

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Helen - posted on 03/16/2010

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maybe she has reflux, or has trouble burping properly to get all the wind out

Janine - posted on 11/28/2009

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People here are giving good advice. It has been a while since my son was so little. He was a dififcult feeder. Besided the need for prolonged burping He did have a reflux problem. His solution meant I would end up wearing the feed. Medical advice is the best to make sure there is not an underlying problem, When he was much older he was diagnosed with a loactose intolerece (curdled stools is a give away) So I wonder if the breast milk had strong elements of stuff that disagreed with him. good luck

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I used a product called 'infants friend' from the chemist and that really helped with my sons wind it also hekps with other things.I would reconmend it to every parent if they are having trouble with wind or collic

Paula - posted on 05/29/2009

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my first born went thru the same thing..after an entire weekend with her screaming and crying a visit to the doctor put it down to what i myself was eating....i was drinking gallons of apricot nectar ( it was really hot during this time) anyways this is a stone fruit and therefore caused a build up of wind her her little tummy..as soon as i stopped drinking it she stopped having problems.....your little only might have colic which is quite normal you can buy over the counter stuff like Infacol or gripe water which you give to the baby just before you feed them...it helps the baby burp up any trapped wind...good luck!

Kerry - posted on 05/11/2009

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Hi there, it sounds like your baby has oesophageal reflux. This is acid rising up in the oesophagus from the stomach. It is like 'heart burn' in adults. There is medication that can help to reduce the acid and pain and there are also lots of hints about living with a baby with reflux. Our first baby had terrible reflux and screamed almost constantly until she was 6 months old. It was awful. Finally at 6 months of age the medication she was on worked and she was free of pain. This whole process will happen alot more quickly these days and a good start is your MCHN. It is important to have it diagnosed as soon as possible and then start on the appropriate medication. Your baby will grow out of it as the sphincter at the top of their stomach tightens with age and stops the acid washing up. Good luck with it all. It will get better.

Samantha - posted on 04/12/2009

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Hi Lee, How long has she been doing this for? I found with my little one that every two weeks she would find a new and highly interesting thing to do to keep us entertained. Her body would shake around and legs kick like mad, then a few weeks later one tiny feed and her head would fly from side to side to check what she was missing! How is it going now anyway?

Sarah - posted on 03/31/2009

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I know this sounds radical but my little girl used to do funny things with her head during and after feeding like she was in enormous discomfort and would twist and wriggle it alot, and cry alot, I took her to a paed osteo and she has been a different baby since. If you are worried about it you should really consult your GP especially if it is affecting the feeding process... I wasn't very well supported by people I consulted and then made the decision on my own about the osteo so definitely trust your instincts aswell and don't give up until you find a solution even if people tell you not to worry about it and you are worried!! hope that helps! (I saw an osteo in northcote so if you need the dets just let me know)

Phoebe - posted on 03/27/2009

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Is she getting burped enough?  My little boy was doing the same thing, but now we make sure we burp him for a good 15 minutes after each feed and he's not crying so much after each feed.



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