Childhood Diseases

Posted by: newMUM | 2012/06/11


is this not suppose to stop?

i thought this would all stop at 3months but my 3months old boy, in fact he will be 4 months in two weeks time, is still very irritable in his sleep. he tightens his tummy (pulls up his legs a bit), kicks and hits his arms and legs, moans and groans, pulls his face as if something is hurting him and end up crying. this happens every time he goes sleeps. he pulls up his legs a bit when he is awake as well but its worst when his sleeping. i was told when he was 1 month old by two GP''''s that he is colicky and there were times thats he cried but not for hours on end as colic babies normally do. i''''ve been giving him gripe water ever since and its been helping with the winds. i do burp him halfway through his feeds and when his done again. i''''ll burp him for long periods of time but when i put him down to sleep ill notice he still has a wind. this all stopped for a while but it seems to be back again. i''''m breastfeeding but am busy putting him on formula. im using nan1. could he possibly still be COLICKY??? please help im really desperate as this has been going on for almost 4 months

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Colic does not always stop at exactly the time that your baby is 3 months old. It often lasts until 4 months. What is unusual about your baby is that his discomfort always happens when he lies down.He may well have a problem with reflux rather than colic. Seeing that this is such a regular complaint it would be worthwhile asking your paediatrician to see your baby.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/06/12

Sorry to hear you are weaning because you are returning to work.

If your baby won''t accept the formula, what about expressing while you are at work? You are allowed by the code of good practice to take two expressing breaks per day over and above any normal breaks you are entitled to such as tea and lunch breaks (which many moms use as an extra time to express while having tea or lunch).
Many moms who don''t have a private office express in their car or a sick bay or the toilets. Not ideal, but where there is a will there is a way.
Once can also express while feeding baby in the mornings and evenings to add extra milk.

Some moms find that leaving formula during the day and then feeding when they are with baby works for them. Weaning doesn''t need to be all or nothing.

Formula unfortunately makes babies more prone to reflux, so if baby does have reflux, that won''t be helping.

When breastfed babies get reflux, it often helps to lie back when feeding so the milk doesn''t gush out and overwhelm baby and to finisht he first breast first and only then offer either the same breast for a few hours or offer the second one at that point - which baby will sometiems take and sometimes not.

There is a lot of information on breastfeeding and working on two brilliant websites that I love:
w w w dot lalecheleague dot o r g - look under the resources tab and see the different topics, and also find the frequently asked questions there. You can also use the drop down arrow to select South AFrica and find a local leader you can telephone for help.
My other favourite website is w w w dotkellymom dot c o m - packed with excellent information. Follow the tabs at the top of the page to find information on breastfeeding and working - and any other related topic.

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Posted by: newMUM | 2012/06/11

tanx purple. i''ve been weaning for two weeks now and i''ve tried replacing one breastfeed for a week. my baby is refusing the formula. i''ve tried different formulas and even tried to sweeten it a bit he''ll drink only a small little. i''m due to go back to work in two weeks time so time is running up. i''m now trying for him to cry it out. really dont know what to do any more

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/06/11

Most breastfed babies between about the ages of 5 or 6 weeks and 12 - 14 weeks cluster feedi in the evenings - they feed every hour (you feed, put them down, they wake 20 minutes later and feed again). This is normal behaviour, and is baby tanking up for a bit of a longer sleep. A baby who is in a routine will cry a lot during this time and pull legs up in hunger.
This generally stops around 14 weeks.

There is no need to routinely burp a breastfed baby - they aren''t sucking air in wiht feeds as the mouth makes a perfect seal with the breast (unless baby is not latched properly - but moms know that very quickly as it hurts if baby is not latched properly). Of course breastfed babies get wind like every other person does, as they are digesting their milk, or if they have cried a lot and therefore sucked air in. IF baby is uncomfortable and clearly has a wind, then helping them by moving baby about or rubbing the back will get it up. However, sitting for ages during every feed trying to get a burp up is a pointless excercise if there is no burp to come up.

Formula is difficult for babies to digest and can be the cause of discomfort. Breastmilk digests very easily and quickly - which is why breastfed babies feed so frequently. Formula takes much longer to digest and can cause cramps and constipation in some babies. The formula may be the reason for new discomfort.

When you are breastfeeding, it can help to lay back while feeding so that the milk doesn''t gush out and overwhelm baby all in one shot (which can cause some wind), and also to let baby finish the first breast and come off themselves (rather than feeding for some arbitrary time limit) and then change nappy and see if baby does want the second breast or not. This way you can be sure baby is getting lots of the filling hind milk.

Colic means crying with no known cause.

You are giving up breastfeeding right at the point where most of the early day niggles start coming right and it starts to get really easy with feeds lasting shorter times and baby going longer between feeds.
Try not to go too fast with your weaning as it will lead to pain and discomfort from engorgement, replacing one breastfeed per week with a bottle is about as fast as you should go.

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