Can a nipple shield cause gas-colic in a 3 weeks old baby?

Amanda - posted on 08/11/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I have a 3 week old baby girl, she does not latch on to my breast properly, I do not have nipples that protrude enough for her liking.
I have had to use a nipple shield since she was born... hopefully one of these days I will be able to get her just on the nipple. But in the mean time... one 5pm rolls around she gets very fussy and cries and pulls hers legs up to her stomach like she has to go poop, she throws her little arms around... screams... this goes on and off until about 10pm.
It has been going on for about a week now... and today she also did it in the morning. I have been giving her gripe water twice in the evening and it might help a little... but it seem so hit and miss with her. Today I bought the hyland colic tablets and just started giving her those... a few hours after giving her some she had another episode of what seems to be her trying to poop or having stomach pains. Does this sound like colic??
Could she be getting to much air from using a nipple shield?


Tina - posted on 08/11/2012




It's possible the shield could get a little air in their and cause a tummy ache. Try giving her a burp after each feed. Gently lay her back then raise her up then rub her back that can sometimes help with the wind. Maybe give her a warm bath and a bit of a tummy message because you put her down to sleep it might help relax her and move any wind or poop.

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