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has anyone found that too fast a breast milk flow contributes to severe wind in their bub? :confused:
Any tips or pointers with breastfeeding to help prevent excess wind in a bub?
I had exactly the same problem! My flow was/is so fast she used to guzzle as quick as she could, splutter, gasp for air while getting a squirt of milk in the face from both breasts!! :eek: The CHN suggested sitting her more upright - I found that tricky - I just found that eventually she learnt to control the flow herself and has always been a very fast eater! The wind caused us many sleepless nights though! Burping having them sit on your lap is easier and less messy! Lying them on back and pumping their legs helps, lying them on their belly and rolling them a little releases alot of gas too! When gas was really bad she slept better on her side or tummy (I watched her like a hawk then with the whole SIDS thing!).. I didn't find any of those wind mixtures any use but some people do! Good luck, it eventually gets better! :)
Yes the wind mixtures don't seem to help very much.
I have tried to put her on her tummy but she doesn't like it very much and screams - did you have any problems like this when you first put her on her stomach?? :(
Hi again (stuck here on computer today, little one is very restless/sleepless!!),
YES she HATED being on her tummy!! Still does at 7months!! But when she was screaming with wind it was the best way to get a few 'fluffs' out!! A big cuddle after usually helped! I think some babies are tummy babies and others aren't! My little one is a slow mover - or we just say LAZY!! - we persisted with tummy time as much as we could tolerate but usually gave in to the tears! Now she rolls onto her belly to sleep but then sometimes gets cranky when she can't get back over!!
Good luck! By the way I also found that she resisted wrapping when little but later on, I think about 3-4months, she could only sleep when wrapped!! I used to leave one arm out so she could suck on her hand! But if she was overtired a tight wrap did the trick! Mind you I've never found that one thing works all the time!! Everyday is a new day and a new challenge - but I love it! :D
We are exactly the same as you guys.
My milk comes down so fast my poor boy chokes and splutters, and like you said Jessica its splatters him in the face with both breasts. Needless to say it is highly embarrassing when we go out for the day and I am trying to feed in a parenting room!
Max does have loads of wind as well, I thought maybe it was something I was eating, then heard about the milk coming in too fast probably being the problem.
I took put him on his tummy during the day, he sleeps on it all day next to me in his bassinet so I am watching him constantly. He also has a dummy which they say causes wind, which is probaqbly true, but it also helps with my son and helps him settle. Its also good to keep him quiet when crying in the middle of the night so he doesn't wake my 22 month old daughter up!! Both of them crying in the night together is a freaking nightmare - as you can imagine!
Wind drops and gripe water hasn't worked for me.
But here are the things that I have found that do work:
* Tummy sleeping/time and patting tummy
* Pushing legs into tummy
* Dancing around loungeroom with him upright over my shoulder
Goodluck with it all!! Let us know if you find any other ways - I need help too!!
Had the same problem with my daughter, she is 4mths now and has adjusted herself now and doesn't have as many problems, but did get a lot of wind in the beginning and also would splutter and come off the breast screaming. I found that if I sat up in bed to attach her and then slowly layed back onto a pillow nearly flat on my back it slowed the flow a little, but I had to hold my breast away from her nose so she could breath. I was reluctant to try this at first when she was so little but it worked. I mainly always feed laying on my side now when at home it seems to help too. I think the theory is they have to work harder for the milk and somehow when they finish the wind comes up easier. Also found that walking down the stairs holding bub upright and patting her on the back helped.
Have fun, my bub now only feeds for 5 mins and empties the whole breast, (she is only just 4mths and weighs 8kg so she deffinately is getting enough), much to the envy of all my friends who have to feed for 30mins ++ so once the milk settles down and bub adjusts it could be a blessing for you.
Hope this helps!!??
I had this same problem and couldn't cope with having an unhappy bub (and mum!) all the time so I gave up breastfeeding. I couldn't see how b/f could be so advantagous if it was causing her so much distress and pain :confused: Now that she is bottle fed she is a different bub & we are all much happier.
Hi. Yes, I had the same problem - gasping, spluttering, wind etc.
I found that reclining back into the couch with my feet on a stool really helped (or the coffee table when noone else was around). It slowed down the flow, and I was more relaxed too.
Also lying down feeding on the couch was good - but I can't seem to get comfortable feeding like that in bed.
We used Infants friend drops and found them to be wonderful.
If I eat onions, my little one seems to suffer with wind too.
Yet another hi-flow mamma!! When bub was 3 weeks old my doctor told me to get a breast pump and express a liitle before feeding him. Works a treat. I didn't know how much to express at first, so i expressed till i was dry, fed him from the bottle and what was left over i knew he didn't need so that's was i would pump out.
Just a little innocent humor for us all..... I was at a neighbours party recently, and people were asking if i was breastfeeding etc. One of the other neighbours 10yo sons quite seriously asked in front of us all, "Mum, was I milked?". Don't think he'll ever be allowed to live that one down! :p
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