My 3 month old is refusing to drink for longer than 5-10 minutes.

Semra - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am breast feeding my son. At least a month ago I was able to give my son a bottle here and there without any dramas at all. He was a normal hungry boy and would drink all his food. Then he started turning up his nose at the bottle and at the breast. He started spitting up and I though he had bad reflux because he would scream every time he would drink. It is really stressful because I feel like I have my breast out most of the day trying to get him to drink to stay hydrated and to make sure he's not starving. I don't know what the problem is and wherever I go, no one can help me.

He has always been regular with his poo's (wet poo ever feed) but the other day he didn't eat very much and then all the sudden he gorged at night. He was then constipated for 2 days and finally went to the toilet after that. Now, all day everyday he is pushing and seems like he is in constant pain. He barely does poo's now and he's so fussy when it comes to eating. He still pushes away from me and acts like he doesn't want food but then he sucks his hands. He screams and I don't know what's wrong.

Does anyone have advice or similar situations?

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Clarissa - posted on 03/22/2010

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Try some Gripe Water, This helped out our little girl with what seemed to be gas/ tummy ache-

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Lorie - posted on 03/22/2010

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So my story is sort of similar, I have a 10 week old and samething all of a sudden he didn't want anything to do with me. So I finelly caved and gave him a bottle and he loved it so now I just have to pump. He cried every night for hours, we both were so stressed and crying. It wasn't worth all the pain we both were going through. You have to do what works for you and baby. Don't worry about what anyone else says and do what works for you both.
Once I started to pump, my little one was much happier as was it.
I really hope it gets better for you both, I know how stressful it can be..

Roxy - posted on 03/22/2010

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try this.. after 5 mins of feeding.. burp the baby.. then try feeding again.. its probably just wind. and also maybe your baby is ready for solids.. try a small amount.

all of this sounds very much like cholic or wind. avoid eating broccoli cabbage cauliflour coffee etc because cholic can be caused by what YOU are eating.

talk to your midwife.. she may have some helpful advice towards your babys wind problem

at this stage i wouldnt reccommend you give you baby ANYTHING in the way of drug etc.

there are natural solutions

gripe water works and is natural

Tracy - posted on 03/22/2010

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We used to use a rectal thermometer to help our babies have a bowel movement when they were constipated. Our pediatrician said to lubricate the end of it and stick it in long enough to take baby's temp. Sometimes a gentle twirl of the thermometer can help stimulate the rectum and produce a bowel movement. They tended to be gassy too, so we used the simethicone drops to help with gas. If your baby is not making 6-8 wet diapers a day, then he's not getting enough hydration. If this is the case, call your pediatrician to see what they recommend.

Brittany - posted on 03/22/2010

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If its not the reflux i would think he has bad gas! Have you tried the gas-x for infants? works like a charm! if he wont poo that could be making him hurt more, they also have little glycerin suppositories you can give about half, (i always just held it in there for about 5 minutes then next thing you know he'll be pooping like Crazy!)

GL!!

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