Here's some background:
DS is 9 weeks on Sunday and still cluster feeds in the evenings (sometimes even from 2:30!) He's also catnapping in the day other than one good sleep of 2-4 hours. He's usually very unsettled and always grunting and pushing like he's trying to either fart or poo.
I have a few questions:
1. My boobs don't feel as full any more, is this because they are used to knowing how much DS needs?
2. I find that he feeds and will pretty much fall asleep or come off the boob for all of his feeds, so I think he's done and I put him down but then he only sleeps 10-15 minutes and wakes again, I'm unsure if this is from hunger or discomfort. Should I be waking him even if I think he's done to try and put him on again to make sure he's done?
3. He still struggles to get his burps up and is always groaning and grunting and straining to fart, especially whilst feeding. He doesn't have green poos so I don't think it's a dairy intolerance, I think it could be his immature system getting used to processing his feeds. Is it possible to have an intolerance without green poo. Also when do they typically outgrow all of the wind and rock hard tummy issues? DD had silent reflux and CMPI and screamed all the time. DS doesn't scream in pain (though has once or twice) like she did, but the other symptoms are the same. I'm just not sure if I bode my time waiting for his system to mature, or if I should be going down the route of an elimination diet.
Sorry for all the questions and my rambling, part of me wants to switch to formula as he's also always choking on my fast let down which I think gives him terrible wind which I think leads to all of the straining he's always doing, but if I can be reassured all is normal and he will outgrow these things by 3/4 months I want to commit to keep going.
Oh and as a side note It's the convenience of breastfeeding I want to continue with, which is the only reason I don't want to switch to formula, but at the end of the day I want to do what is going to make DS the most settled, which ever way of feeding that might be.
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28-11-2014 16:36 #1
Lots of questions, I want to avoid switching to formula
28-11-2014 16:38 #2
Have you tried block feeding? Does that make any difference?
28-11-2014 16:46 #3
28-11-2014 16:52 #4
Congratulations to making it to 9 weeks!!
9 weeks is still very little and he is still very much getting used to things including how his body works and all the natural feelings that come with it and your let down speed.
Breast fed babies (especially newborns) will often get 'milk drunk' during a feed. They will appear to get all drowsy and pass out but it's only for a few minutes. Then they wake and will probably want more b00b!
It's my experience that BF babies will often be more unsettled that FF babies but that is normal and nothing to worry about.
Catnapping is also normal, I speak as a mum who had 2 catnappers. At about 3 months DS became a catnapper and sleep for about 30-40 minutes at a time. Then DD came along and would sleep for 15 minutes at a time and I would dream about a baby that would sleep for 40 minutes!!
Your boobs will settle down after a while, again, it's all normal.
I'm not sure about burping and farting but I'm guessing it's normal. Maybe try some bicycle legs or push his legs/feet (whilst the knees a bent) up to his chest to help the wind? My babies never hand wind issues so I don't have any experience with that one.
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28-11-2014 16:58 #5
Your body has adjusted hence no more p orn star boobs, sadly!
.. I can't remember your other questions and I'm on the app so can't scroll back up to see them. I'll post this and then continue
28-11-2014 17:05 #6
Ok with the trying to continue a feed, I personally would. I live by the motto "if in doubt, whip it out" but having a full and content baby makes life easier, right?
Around 12 weeks he should start to settle down and be able to process the wind much more efficiently. Don't forget to allow for time if he was born early.
With the short naps, some babies are just wired that way no matter what you do. I have 3 such children. The reason FF babies *can* sleep longer is because the curds in breast milk are lighter and easier to digest in a little tummy than that of formula. Therefore a heavier curd will sit in the tummy for longer, giving them a fuller feeling for longer. It's never a guarantee though... It works for some babies, not all!
Can intolerances be present even in the absence of green poo? I would say its possible, even if unlikely. Do you have access to a lactation consultant at all? Failing that, is there an ABA group local to you?
28-11-2014 17:12 #7
Have you tried infacol or similar to help with wind? DS had a lot of issues when he was very young and I used infacol. Worked well for us. Definitely helped him get his burps and farts out more easily.
28-11-2014 17:44 #8
How does he sleep overnight? Have you tried reclined feeding so your let down isn't as fast?
28-11-2014 17:48 #9
Have you tried infants friend?
Honestly it sounds quite normal my ds was a lot like this at that age. He grew out of the wind (& reflux) but the napping didn't really improve, he doesn't seem to need much sleep during the day. Often he will have 1 half hour nap and a 1hr nap. Ds is still bfing at 10 months.
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28-11-2014 17:54 #10
Oh I forgot to say- I had a very fast let down with my twins and it made them super gassy. I saw my lc who told me as soon as they start to gulp (usually coincides with the letdown) to detach them, sit them up and burp them. I used to keep on flowing like an open tap if they weren't on the breast, so I just shoved a terry flat on my boob and let that absorb everything. Put him back on, let him suck, pull him off as soon as he starts to gulp again. Rinse and repeat. It made feeds longer, but my letdown did eventually slow down some, and the older they get the better they can deal with the fast flow so it won't be forever. It was *the* only way that worked and I could have kissed the woman once I saw the change it made!
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