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April 1st, 2008, 09:06 PM
~*3 little bears*~'s Avatar Jack~Mack~Brooke~Baby
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I'm still using the breast shield to feed DS but he has been so gassy lately, i mean really bad where we can hear and feel his little tummy gurgling. I burp him after every feeding, or at least try to for at least ten minutes. DH thinks its because of the sheild. My nipples are still pretty flat so i don't know if i can get him to latch without the shield. Also i think it will hurt more without it because i don't think he opens quite wide enough cause he's so used to the sheild. Also when he is awake because of the gas he acts like he wants to eat more but when i'm not very full i think he gets mostly air from the shield which makes it worse. I feel bad cause he seems hungry but i don't know what to do. Please help cause i can't stand DS crying out in pain because of the gas. TIA

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April 1st, 2008, 09:12 PM
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The gas is more likely from baby just adjusting to the outside world & the tummy still learning to digest It woudl be far worse with bottles, and I suppose the shield could be part of it - but i wouldnt worry so much about weaning just yet esp if youre still working out some issues. you could meet with a LC to make sure that there isnt something else about your babys latch thats causing more air to be swallowed (do you hear clicking, is baby snorting, etc?).

You can try mylicon drops, you can try gripe water, etc. I wouldnt worry about burping baby for 10 mins or anything - if baby doesnt burp with some gentle patting on the back after a min or so, baby probably doesnt need to burp & trying too hard could force some milk up & upset his tummy. BF babies need very little burping.

You could also try eliminating cows milk from your diet, since the milk protein in cows milk is sensitive to a lot of babies especially early on. Its a tough thing to do & it takes 2 weeks before the protein is completely gone from your milk from the time you cut it out COMPLETELY (and its in everything practically - even things you wouldnt dream of it being in lol). I can give you a list and some links if its somethign you want to go ahead and try. personally id suggest gripe water and/or mylicon drops first, some more gentle burping, etc. Try to keep acidic foods to a minimum (tomatoes, etc) too if you want to be on the cautious side

I will assure you, though that its very temporary & its at its best with breastfeeding. Be thankful for the breastmilk b/c babies with sensitive tummies are 10 times worse with formula


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April 2nd, 2008, 09:43 AM
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My little one was so much gassier when I used the shield compared to now when I'm not using it. Not sure if she just adjusted, or if it actually was because of that. But there was definitely a big difference.
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April 2nd, 2008, 10:12 AM
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Elliot is gassy enough to hear and feel his tummy boiling on the outside and he has explosive farts and poopy diapers and we are not using a shield here. I usually can't get a burp out of him right away after he eats on the 2nd side. Usually I will lay him down and about 5-10 min later he starts grunting like crazy and will burp right after he is picked up.
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April 2nd, 2008, 01:54 PM
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Hmmm, well apparently what i thought was really bad gas was actually a stomach virus. Poor little guy has had really runny poop and vomitted all morning. Aside from that i think that i am going to a smaller sized shield to see if that reduces the amount of air between my nipple and DS and i'm going to cut out the cows milk too. Thanks for your help ladies.

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April 3rd, 2008, 12:57 AM
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Ahhh! I just had milk. Dang it. I swear I learn something new every day!

I am also using the shield still because of my dang flat nipples. But I am glad you figured out what was wrong even though he doesn't feel well. Hope he gets better!

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