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    Default Feeding and crying and repeat

    My dd is 4 1/2 weeks old and for the past day or so has either been feeding or crying. It's so upsetting to hear her cry like that. I wonder if its a growth spurt or something else?

    I've been really lucky and my dh has been home since she was born but goes back to work next week which is currently making me very nervous as he is very much a calming influence on me when I get stressed which I currently am!!

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    There is a wonder week at 5 weeks.
    As long as she doesn't seem to be in pain then it shouldn't be anything to worry about and will probably only last a few days.
    Try and stay calm they pick up on your feelings very easily too. I know easier said then done! Good Luck

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    Default Feeding and crying and repeat

    I second the wonder weeks. Make sure she is fed, clean nappy and not tired. You can't do anything else apart from hold her and comfort her.
    There is an app for wonder weeks which helps you gauge when they are due. It helps keep you sane knowing it will only last a few days. The week after a wonder week is a WONDERful week. Something to look forward to

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    Are you breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Is she feeding for long / taking in much when she does feed? Is she arching her back at all? When does she scream and for how long?

    It's possible it's good old colic, or potential reflux or silent reflux. Both can start out around this age.

    As PPs have said, it could well be a wonder week, but it's always good to rule out any medical reason for the crying. Wonder Weeks do exists, but in my opinion I do find that as mothers when our babies are unsettled, it's all to easy for us to write it off as a wonder week. But read up on the wonder weeks and see if she is exhibiting the other behaviours typical of a wonder week.

    If her behaviour continues for longer than 2 weeks, you can rule out a wonder week as the next one is at week 8, so to fit in a 'sunny week' after the 5 week wonder week, it shouldn't last longer than 2 weeks (if that makes sense).


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    Default Feeding and crying and repeat

    Thanks for your replies. I don't think its colic as she is much calmer during the night than during the day and she's not arching her back just very grizzly when she's not feeding.

    I will take a look at the wonder week app. That sounds really useful. Hopefully it's just a phase and next week really is wonderful!!

    Thanks again

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    Default Feeding and crying and repeat

    Thanks ladies. Just wanted to let you know her distress became too much and we took her to A&E where she was promptly admitted for 24 hours observation. Paediatrician thinks its silent reflux but his main concern is her weight as she is still not back to her birth weight at 5 weeks so once some weight is on her he will investigate what is causing her distress. Have had barely no sleep in 48 hours but it can only get better hopefully :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Silent reflux did this to my DD. Once we got the reflux issues resolved, the weight went on without any difficulty. A lot of the time the feeding was mostly comfort feeding instead of proper nutritive feeding, sadly (because she was in such pain!) I had a bit of difficulty with GPs recommending formula feeding over breastfeeding for reflux babies (despite it being contrary to best medical practice!). I say this only because you haven't indicated how you are feeding and may have a similar experience.
    Best of luck to you all. Hopefully you are resting together as a family until you catch up <img src="images/smilies/hugs.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Hugs" smilieid="35" class="inlineimg"
    My DD also has Silent Reflux and whilst I wasn't told by any doctors to change to formula, if midwives, GPs and local health nurses had diagnosed silent reflux in the early days when she had it, she could have been medicated early and I too would have stuck to breastfeeding, but it became too unbearable when she wasn't medicated and I was feeding so I made the formula decision.

    I'm so glad they have picked it up early and I hope you can see results and a happier baby soon!


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    Default Feeding and crying and repeat

    I ended up having to stop breast feeding this week due to low milk supply. Motilium didn't work either. DD is now thriving on formula and gaining weight which is such a relief. Found that nurses and lactation consultants really push breast feeding even when I keep telling them its not really working and i dont have enough and doctors have a more pragmatic approach in that you tried and it didn't work so you need to use formula. So much happier now.

    Once weight is put on DD the paediatrician will investigate reflux so fingers crossed our baby is on the up.

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    Default Feeding and crying and repeat

    Great news yardley. Hope little bub goes from strength to strength. you have to do what you feel is right.

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    Default Feeding and crying and repeat

    I just wanted to say don't be hard on yourself about the formula, I know I felt really crappy after I had to start using formula with my first bub.
    The most important thing is that your baby is doing well!


 

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