Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Vi | 2010-05-25


Severe winds after breastfeeding

Hi, my baby is 4 weeks old and breastfeeds. He seems to be swallowing air as he feeds, although he is latching properly. After feeds, I have a VERY tough time burping him and getting rid of all the airbubbles which is causing him discomfort. After the wind has surfaced or being farted out sometimes, he settles quickly. I have tried Telement Colic drops and Gripe water, which does not really make a significant difference.

I do not use caffeine, and only drink rooibos tea, none of my other kids had this problem while breastfeeding ( but each baby is different ...) I truly hope that you could advise me on what to do to aid my baby... I hate seeing him in such pain.

Expert's Reply



Your baby seems to be a 'greedy' feeder and is swallowing a lot of air while sucking on the breast. This is a very common problem.Telament drops should help him a lot together with keeping him as upright as possible after feeds and winding him. It can take some babies a very long time to break winds, but this is only during the early weeks of your baby's life.

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Posted by: Maryke Casey | 2010-06-28


I need more info on Telement drops. My baby is 7months old and I hve been using telement drops two weeks after she was born and I would like to take her off of it.

What is the side effects of telement drops and for how long can I keep my little one on it.

Thank you

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-05-26

If baby is latched properly there is a perfect seal and baby won''t be sucking in any air. The gulping sound you hear is baby swallowing milk.

It takes about ten minutes or so after a feed before baby starts digesting the milk and burps and farts then result, so no matter how much you wind baby after a feed, this is still going to happen.

Rub baby''s back and move her round a bit after a feed to get air up, but then change nappy and so on and know that baby will start burping after about ten minutes or so.

Don''t worry, this is quite normal.

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