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April 2nd, 2008, 08:55 AM
Meegan
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Hi ladies, I'm back with more questions lol. First off, Gabriel has been very gassy and seems to have tummy troubles, especially at night and in the morning. He makes the most awful noises, grunting and pushing, and after awhile he'll pass gas or fill up his diaper with poop. He poops everytime he eats, so I don't think he's constipated. But the noises he makes sounds so painful! I've given Mylicon and it doesn't seem to help. He is a reflux baby and is on Zantac, but the noise started before the meds. I feel so bad for him. How long does it take for a food or drink to show up in my milk? Like if I drink a glass of apple juice, how long before it would make him gassy? I'm trying to eliminate highly gassy things for him, I"m praying it's not milk protein because everything I eat has milk in it lol. Also, when I thought he was having his growth spurt last week, well he's still waking every 2 hours to eat. How long will this typically last in a breastfed baby?
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April 2nd, 2008, 09:00 AM
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Every 2 hours is normal and will space out as baby gets older.

As for foods getting into your milk - every one is different. Unfortunatley the most common culprit is milk protein - at least try cutting down to see if it helps It seems daunting initially but its not so bad once you get used to it even on a milk free diet (and yes, it seems its in EVERYthing lol).

Another thing you can try is a digestive enzyme - usually found at the health food stores. Also, try probiotics. Take 1 - 2 a day every day, its shown to have major improvements for BFing moms with babies with colicky symptoms.

Is the zantac for spitting up, or just the gassiness? Zantac is rarely needed even if its jsut spit up and if its not working Id encourage trying somethign else or coming off it all together

Finally - try gripe water as well. Most walgreens carry it, some walmarts, and almost all health food stores

Hope this helps

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April 2nd, 2008, 09:45 AM
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Thanks, I'll be getting Gripe Water today! The Zantac is for his severe reflux, the acid comes into his throat and he screams in pain, arches his back during nursing and pushes off the breast, is fussy, throws up, has acidic breath, etc. If it doesn't work then we will try Prevacid, which my DS was on when he was a baby. I'll be cutting down on dairy products, I eat alot of cheese so it will be hard lol, but I'll cut back. And I'll start only having one small glass of milk a day instead of 2 or 3, to see if it helps before I have to cut it out altogether.
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April 2nd, 2008, 10:51 AM
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Hi! You should try soy or rice milk, you don't want to cut back on calcium because what happens with breastfeeding is your body will use what it has to for your baby and you won't get any for yourself. I have been experimenting myself with cutting back on dairy, so I have switched full time to soy milk. It's yummy and they have it in vanilla or chocolate too.

I also switched to soy yogurt and cheese, they have some decent cheese substitutes out there. They still have a trace of lactose but not a lot. My only issue is giving up sour cream, that is one of my favorite things.
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