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08/05/2013 at 18:10
A gets quite windy even though she's BF. We've been using infacol which helps but we're worried that using it for every feed for weeks will be bad for her..? We have some gripe water as well but i find it such a faff to give her and she spits most of it out anyway.
MiL was here earlier and managed to get loads up from her and she slept like she never has done during the day and she was an absolute delight smiling etc for much longer than she usually is
I feel like such a bad mummy for not being able to get more from her and leaving her to squirm in her sleep or being a grouch when she's awake. She seems like she's in so much pain and looks at me with these big teary eyes as if asking me to help her. She goes rigid and i find it hard to position her right to pat her back, but by that point she's crying so much that she wouldn't bring any wind up anyway.
Does anyone have any tips or advice?
I feel like such a rubbish mummy
08/05/2013 at 18:16
You are definitely not a rubbish mummy - big hug coming your way xx
I am having exactly the same issue with P. She cries after feeds like she is in pain and never brings up much wind. Sonetimes if she hasnt burped i lie her flat for 30;secs then sit her up again and sometimes that works. My friend also suggested a sip of boiled water.
08/05/2013 at 18:22
You're not a rubbish mum! My A can be difficult to wind too sometimes and definitely in the early days. Have you tried sitting her on your knee and leaning her forwards? I find that is the easiest or alternativey practically throw her over my shoulder in a fireman's carry Advice here is to give 20 or 30 mls of fennel tea, sounds bizarre but it can work. Milupa do fennel tea in granule form for babies but I'm not sure if it's available in the UK, I'd never heard of it before coming here. Isn't there something called Colief as well?
08/05/2013 at 18:25
We've tried all sorts of positions, including laying her down, and if she's calm then it does work, but its the inconsolable crying that i just don't know how to handle. I just put her back on the boob to calm her down and try again, but i don't know if that's making her worse or what... *sigh*
08/05/2013 at 18:30
Wind is a bugger. Have you tried bouncing her? Another trick is to sit her on your knee and then alternate between rubbing and patting her back, and don't gentle about it. You will find the knack to wind her and it will get easier.
08/05/2013 at 18:34
There are baby massage techniques that can help I'm sure, might be worth looking at a class? Could you try giving the gripe water via a syringe to see if she'll take more that way?your local pharmacy should be able to give you some
08/05/2013 at 18:36
Sitting her on my lap is the best way i've found so far but when she goes rigid she won't sit at all. Over the shoulder works sometimes too, but less so when she's planking. Will just have to persevere i guess
08/05/2013 at 18:48
P goes rigid too so i cant sit her forward. Either that or she is asleep after bfing then as soon as i lie her down she wakes up crying.
08/05/2013 at 19:29
Is it possible to cycle her legs? Prob not if she's rigid but that sometimes helps
08/05/2013 at 20:25
For weeks I battled with Es wind putting her over my shoulder and patting. Turns out she likes to be sat up leant forward and circular rubs not patting. Hs mom used to lay H facedown across her knees, tummy hanging lose and rub up and down.
I would concentrate on preventing the wind before each feed too. We wind E after each feed, then half hour later which is what normally does it then before her next feed m usually while the other person makes it. We gave E infacol, upped to two drops before each feed in the early days too. I doesn't seem to have done any harm and the doctor was aware I was doing so as he was the ibe who told me to increase it.
Eventually their tummies and digestive system start to mature a little and that seems to have really made a difference to E. We also switched formula vut I know that doesn't apply to you. When E developed colic we used colief though wasn't aware it was any benefits in wind.
08/05/2013 at 20:40
Will try cycling her legs and laying her across knees. Might up to 2 drops of infacol too.
Thanks for the tips...think this is something we'll have to muster on through with!
08/05/2013 at 20:54
Another tip is just to tip them gently upside down then back up again - bit like if you were shaking a sauce bottle. Only once and slowly and gently but it helps move air bubbles
08/05/2013 at 21:48
We found bringing her knees up to her chest helped, the cradle hold where their chest is over your hands and you sort of swing them, baby massage techniques such has massaging the tummy in a clockwise motion and running your hands alternatively from the chest down over the tummy. Our 1st was terrible and a friend who's a nurse still claims that she's the most difficult baby she's ever tried to burp, but she did get better when she could be sat up from around 4 months. As your BF keep track of what you're eating and see if she's worse after certain foods.
08/05/2013 at 21:58
I found infacol useless, but dentinox was much better at bringing the little wind bubbles together to make a burp. O takes aaaaaaaaagees to burp, but gets quite uncomfortable with wind . In fact I'm writing this post one handed as he lies on his front on my lap while I pat it.
09/05/2013 at 07:54
Try the gripe water again but use the infacol syringe, I used to sterilise a spare one and use that
09/05/2013 at 08:25
Also you have youse infacol religiously to get any I,pact, and it takes a while to get into the system, once we'd got psst that it was fab but dentinox works right away.
09/05/2013 at 08:52
Something that worked for A post-feed was to sit him on my lap facing me, and sort of twist his upper body to each side. It worked when it was done in a bit of a jerky way i.e. to the left, stop, back to the centre, stop, to the right, stop, and repeat. Brought plenty of burps up!
Agree with using the Infacol religiously. I've read it doesn't get absorbed by the body so it doesn't do anything to the baby's insides. We're now thinking about starting weaning him off it at 13 weeks, but I wouldn't have doone it any sooner.
09/05/2013 at 14:02
Rafferty was dreadful with wind, I was bf so used to drink 3 mugs of fennel tea a day which really helped but the main thing was the osteopath who did miracles. She did something with his ribs which didn't look much but worked amazingly.
09/05/2013 at 23:10
A is a really windy BF baby too. We've been using Infacol too, but it doesn't seem to help consistently. My H is much better at winding him than me too. We find that tilting him backwards then sitting him up again can help bring the wind up.
We also take him off the boob as soon as he starts wriggling and wind him, before putting him back on again, which seems to help. Also, in the past couple of weeks (he's 11 weeks tomorrow), we've started to be able to feel the wind, so kind of know where to pat, if you see what I mean.
10/05/2013 at 05:41
Loads of good advice here, can't really add much except to say it will get easier to wind her over time, and you're certainly not a rubbish mummy! Also if you are going to drink fennel tea go for the one with peppermint- tastes much nicer
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