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    Default New Mom- Gassy and in pain!

    My 4 week old baby boy is very gassy! When he latches on and starts sucking he is taking large gulps and I can hear him swallowing hard and possibly swallowing lots of air. From the time he latches on, I have to stop him, or wait to have him cry out in pain and stop eating, within 5 minutes to burp him. He is VERY uncomfortable until he burps and it is very loud. He gets some relief from burping but then starts fussing again, (maybe hes fussing because hes still hungry?) so I start feeding again.

    Also, he usually pauses during feeding to poop which is also very loud and almost every diaper is poopy.

    He seems to eat more comfortably at night.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! I hate to see my little one so uncomfortable

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    Default Re: New Mom- Gassy and in pain!

    Sounds like possibly forceful letdown. See these articles for more and see if it fits: http://kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html and http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...ggrimacing.pdf

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    Default Re: New Mom- Gassy and in pain!

    Welcome and congratulations on the new baby! Is there anything you're doing differently, position-wise, at night? It may be that your daytime nursing position is less ideal than your nighttime one. I also suggest taking a look at this link on fast letdown and oversupply: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0115/p302.html. It could explain the fussiness and the gassiness. If you see a lot of things that look familiar in that link, try the positioning tips first, and don't go near block feeding unless you are absolutely sure you have oversupply.

    Pooping during a feeding is absolutely normal. For a lot of breastfed babies, input at the top of the digestive system stimlates output at the bottom end. It's actually a very positive, healthy sign that baby is getting plenty to eat.
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