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September 11th, 2008, 12:41 PM
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Hi, I have 5-wk old twin girls. I actually have two problems - I'm still not making enough milk (if girls don't nurse, will only pump about 4-5 oz).

Two, one of my girls is having problems nursing. She used to just be a weak nurser (would only take in about .8 oz in 20 min) but recently (just in the past couple of weeks) she's started to gulp air, squirm around and then scream at the top of her lungs. I can hear her breaking the seal & gulping air every few sucks, maybe every 3-4. After she gulps in air I can hear the bubbles gurgling loudly in her tummy, and pretty soon the screaming starts. That's when I burp her.

But I have to burp her every 20-30 seconds. It's making both of us crazy! I've tried holding her more tightly, changing positions, bundling her, holding her naked, inclining her, holding her flat, everything. The only position that seems to help a little is if I'm standing upright, and holding her completely vertical. But even then she will still do it, just not as often.

I'm not sure if it's nipple confusion/bottle preference, because she also does this with the bottle though not as badly - I don't have to stop and burp her like I do when she nurses, I can wait until the end.

She also spits up a lot, and the doctor prescribed Zantac for acid reflux, but it doesn't affect her gulping air and crying. Poor baby! She's not eating nearly as much as her sister and is still very small (11th percentile now, up from the 6th - but that was before she started doing this)
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September 11th, 2008, 02:21 PM
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Congrats on your beautiful girls! First of all, don't judge how much you are actually producing by what you get with the pump. Babies are much more effective than the pump and even if you can't pump a drop, your girls will still be able to get milk out. And as long as you are getting enough wet diapers, no worries. As for the gulping air, i don't really know what to suggest. Maybe check her latch and make sure her mouth is open really wide and that her lips are not tucked in at all. And maybe nursing laying down would help? I don't knwo if you have already tried that. I'm sorry i'm not much help.

BTW - I would say that the Zantac is not going to help because she is probably spitting up because of air and not acid reflux.
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September 11th, 2008, 03:26 PM
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Congrats on your beautiful girls! First of all, don't judge how much you are actually producing by what you get with the pump. Babies are much more effective than the pump and even if you can't pump a drop, your girls will still be able to get milk out. And as long as you are getting enough wet diapers, no worries. As for the gulping air, i don't really know what to suggest. Maybe check her latch and make sure her mouth is open really wide and that her lips are not tucked in at all. And maybe nursing laying down would help? I don't knwo if you have already tried that. I'm sorry i'm not much help.

BTW - I would say that the Zantac is not going to help because she is probably spitting up because of air and not acid reflux.[/b]
Great post! (Especially the bolded!)

I just wanted to suggest that a chiropractic adjustment might help too. Good luck no matter what ~ your girls are adorable! WTG on breastfeeding them!
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September 11th, 2008, 04:47 PM
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I completely agree! The only thing I can add is that I reccomend seeing a lactation consultant about how she is nursing. Some babies take in a lot of air on a fast letdown, but it sounds like she is breaking suction and taking in air that way. I also agree that is probably causing the spitting up. My DD was very gassy and spit up, because I had fast letdown and she took in a lot of air during it.
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September 12th, 2008, 06:29 AM
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Was your baby tongue tied at birth? If so was it clipped? I ask because my journey was similar to yours (I only have 1), but the nursing problems were the same. He would break suction often and end up swallowing air that made him gassy and fussy. It was a total nightmare! My son was tongue tied at birth and has his frenulum clipped, but apparently it was not clipped enough. It was the 3rd lactation cunsultant I saw who suggested he may need another more complete clipping of his tongue. I saw a specialist and she did the complete frenotomy and everything is perfect now! Not alot of LC's and pediatrcians know much about tongue tie. I found out through lots of reseach and seeing this specialist that it is VASTLY underdiagnosed and accounts for A LOT of the problems that women have with nursing!!! Having the complete clipping was what made me able to keep on nursing. Before it was so hard and I was so depressed. I spent 10 weeks trying EVERYTHING!! Feel free to PM me with any questions. I wish you luck!
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