6 week old breastfed baby has trouble passing gas and bowel movement.

Mariana - posted on 11/08/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 6 week old daughter is exclusively breastfed and has a really hard time passing gas and bowel movements. I read that if you breastfeed your child shouldn't really have gasses. She cries a lot, and her belly becomes bloated and sticks out and sometimes its really hard. What can i do to ease her discomforts to pass gas and bowels. Ive tried gas drops and gripe water- they dont really help. I hate seeing her in so much pain and discomfort.

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Cassie - posted on 11/08/2010

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-Make sure she has a really good latch so that no air bubbles are being swallowed while nursing.
-Make sure she completely drains one breast before moving on to the other breast. Not doing so will cause a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance which leads to gas and tummy pain.
-Make sure your let-down isn't too powerful. If it is she will gulp down your milk too quickly causing pain and discomfort. If you do have a really strong let-down, try reclining back as you nurse so that your milk has to go against gravity to get to your daughter and will therefore be less powerful as it comes out.
-Burp your baby often.
-Do bicycle motions with your daughter's legs to help get some gas out.

These are all tips that have worked well for me with both of my daughters (2 yrs and 4 months) who I exclusively breastfed and dealt with gas.

Mary - posted on 11/11/2010

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I haven't read through all the replies so sorry if i have a repeat suggestion (that just means its twice as good :D)
Have you tried a bath when she in discomfort?
it always worked for my two girls, both EBF(DD1 EBF for 10 months, DD2 still EBF at almost 7 months).

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2010

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I had the same problem until he was about 3 1/2 months old (100% breast-fed). Baby's stomach is just still immature and needs time to develop. It's difficult to watch and deal with but it will pass and you'll have a happy baby soon. Just try not to stress too much about it. Good luck!

Chrystal - posted on 11/09/2010

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I would definitely speak to your pediatrician about it. I was going to recommend Mylicon which does wonders for my baby,but if you said that is not working then I would speak to your pediatrician about it. Good luck:)

Sarh - posted on 11/09/2010

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His was called something different, I can't think of the name right now, but it was Vitamin D for breastfed babies as well. Maybe call her ped and ask the nurse or what not if the constipation could be from the Vitamins if you don't feel comfortable eliminating them on your own. My son has been fine w/out them, granted all babies are different and you and I may consume different amounts of different foods which provide Vitamin D. But, he has had no problems w/constipation since.

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Jevonna - posted on 11/15/2010

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The best thing I have found to help with gas and move the bowels is to do bicycle movements, bring legs up over head and then stretch them down straight. repeat a couple of times. then try burping and then repeat!

I haven't had to use gas drops or anything like that. Also with gas drops they may work right at that moment but a few ours later the stomach will produce even more acid causing more gas and even acid reflex!

Philippa - posted on 11/11/2010

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I can relate completely! It was agonizing to see our babies cry and I felt so helpless. According to my pedia, days of not pooping when breastfed is okay and simple way of turning back the baby for burping really works. It did for me but if it continues to be a problem, seeing a doctor is still the best option. Hirschsprung's Disease should be ruled out too. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/...

Hope your baby gets better and update us here. Take care.

Amber - posted on 11/10/2010

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my duaghter had that problem and when i took her to the doctor they said it was acid reflux, keep her upright for an hour after she eats and have her sleep like that, my daughter also got some prescribed medicine to help with that, i would defiantly talk to yours

Alisha - posted on 11/09/2010

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Baby massage sometimes helps too! You can use lotion and gently rub their tummy in a backwards C motion and it helps with moving gas through. Also lay her on her back and hold onto her feet and push legs up and back like a bicycle motion. This helped my kids a lot! Good luck

Sarh - posted on 11/09/2010

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And also, not sure if she is having trouble burping after feedings, but I tried every possible position to burp my son and if he would finally burp he would spit up more then normal (he has reflux and spits up a lot). So, I stopped burping him and he burps on his own, but also after eliminating the dairy and vitamins. Now I only burp him if he is fussy. Seems to work for us.

Mariana - posted on 11/09/2010

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yes, i give her d.vi.sol ~> that's vitamin D for breastfed babies. What vitamins was your son taking?

Sarh - posted on 11/08/2010

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Cut out dairy from your diet! My son was extremely gassy, fussy, had trouble passing gas, hard/bloated tummy, etc. I cut out dairy and he got much better. For the constipation... is she on any type of vitamin or are you taking any vitamins? Vitamins cause constipation. My son was becoming constipated from the vitamins, I stopped giving them to him and he went the very next day!!!!
Does she enjoy having bathes? Give her a nice warm (obviously not too warm for her delicate skin) bath, or even sit in the big bath w/her to make her feel more comfortable/safer and massage her tummy, but ONLY in a clockwise direction, start from her navel and work out wards. Also, you can cycle her legs, do so gently, but quickly. I see another mother mentioned that as well.
Also, take both legs and bend her knees to her chest, release, and repeat. Sometimes when changing my son's diaper if I push his knees to his tummy a tad too far he will poo or fart lol.
Even after eliminating the dairy from my diet I had to give him Mylicon drops (gas relief) just under the max dose/24hrs. :(
You can also massage/rub her back, but again ONLY in a clockwise direction.
I hope something helps for your little one.

Dara - posted on 11/08/2010

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Do you eat a lot of dairy? Try cutting it out of your diet and see what happens. What about caffeine? That could cause problems for baby too. I would experiment with your diet a little to see if anything changes. Dairy is a likely culprit though.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/08/2010

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We had the exact same problem with Zo. We actually went to the ER it was so bad. The doctor informed us that no amount of gripe water or gas drops would help because this gas was in her intestines. It had to work itself out. They said to just keep burping her and try to work her gas out. It did eventually resolve itself. We did do some rectal stimulation with a thermometer and she pooped atleast 4 days worth of poop, I would only suggest that though if it's been quite sometime between pooping.

Just try to keep her as comfortable as possible. It's generally not a food allergy unless she has a red ring around her anus.

GL

Chelsea - posted on 11/08/2010

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I has a simuler problem with my little girl and even though gas drops and gripe water didnt work i found a product called gental naturals tummy soothers, all thats in it is lavender and chamomile and it worked so i would try something like that as well as try changing your diet, i know that for me if i ate onions it made her have an upset stomace

Brittany - posted on 11/08/2010

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It sounds like a food allergy. Have you tried eliminating specific things from your diet to see if it will help? The most common allergens are all dairy (eliminate for 3 weeks), wheat, eggs.
It might also help to keep a food diary of exactly what you eat (check ingredients), and record how your daughter reacts to them and take certain things out to see what helps and what doesn't.
It's all trial and error.
The reason I said 3 weeks for dairy is because most dairy products take a lot longer to digest and leave your body completely than other foods do.

This site might help
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/foo...

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