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October 23rd, 2012, 12:10 AM
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my son was born 5 weeks early. the first 2 weeks he was great but these last couple weeks he's been a different baby. he's never been a big burper after I've feed him, very rarely did he burp, but it didn't seem to bother him. now things have changed, he spits up almost after every feeding, lots of bad gas pain where he balls, and wants to be held all the time, and increase amount of nursing. we nurse every 1-2hours sometimes.

since he was a preemie he was in the NICU for a week and i pumped after every feeding, as of yesterday i stopped the extra pumping. im not sure if he has reflux or sensitive to dairy. im at a loss of why he's so different, where the spitting up came from and the gas pain. do i just need to be patient for his body to mature?
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October 23rd, 2012, 04:49 AM
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If you stopped pumping, is he getting more fore milk instead of hind milk? are his poops green or frothy? Could be a food sensitivity and i would keep a little list of what you eat and how he acts. It was hard for me to pinpoint that broccoli was one of our main offenders with DD! Is he fussy while nursing or not nursing? Have you done any tummy massage? i could never get DD to burp and rubbing her back would help her burp. You can also try gripe water as well.
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October 23rd, 2012, 05:57 AM
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his poop is kinda mustered colored and runny. we've been giving him gas drops which seem to work a little bit, along with tummy rubs and bicycles with his legs. I'll keep a food log, and if i can tell anything.
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October 23rd, 2012, 05:06 PM
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I wonder if it is a hind milk/fore milk imbalance from the pumping, which will even itself out.

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October 24th, 2012, 10:04 AM
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That's the first thing I thought when you said you just stopped pumping. Hopefully it will stop soon on it's own and he will go back to being your happy baby!
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October 24th, 2012, 10:19 PM
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that's what i was kinda wondering about pumping extra after feedings . the last couple of days have been better, he only gets 2 really bad gas pain fits, so progress! how is pumping creating extra fore milk? and how does that create gas in babies?
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October 25th, 2012, 04:32 AM
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You have an oversupply from not pumping anymore, and that can cause too much foremilk and make a fussy baby. It will just get better and it seems like it already is. Your body adjusts to baby's needs. Just like when they have a growth spurt, they nurse more to increase your milk at that time, this too your body will adjust for less demand with less pumping. Supply and demand!
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November 2nd, 2012, 12:43 PM
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DD was the same and I really just tried about everything. Ultimately, she actually needed Zantac. The doctor delayed giving me a prescription because he didn't think it was acid reflux, but I knew that it was because she was throwing up so often and so much. The gas drops didn't help dd, but pumping before feeding did so she would get the hind milk and eliminating all gassy foods, milk, eggs, and soy from my diet helped.
It really sounds like you may have found a solution, but I'm just sharing my experience. I'm glad he's feeling better and hope he continues to get better.
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November 2nd, 2012, 03:05 PM
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It could also be coupled with a growth spurt. They make everything worse.

Other thoughts:
- An oversupply from having stopped pumping. When your milk lets down, try letting it flow into a burp cloth for a minute to eliminate the thinner "fore milk".
- Reflux. My son's reflux didn't become an issue until he was almost 3 months old, so it's not always present from birth.
- a milk protein intolerance. This would require a trial elimination of dairy and hidden dairy from your diet - I've done that as well, and it helps.

My final suggestion would be to try and solve only one problem at a time. One of the most frustrating parts of troubleshooting my son's similar issues was that I would try two or three things at once and then have no real idea which one helped or not.
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