Re: Fussy/Gassy 13 week Old
We went through this!!! Let me assure you that it was bad and it DID end. It was so hard and made so much of my maternity leave feel like torture for both of us. I too found myself nursing all day because it comforted her the most. And then I worried that made her worse. She too only slept for 10 to 20 min naps. Felt like I never got a break. I felt helpless and wanted so badly to help her. I read like crazy, trying homeopathics, massage techniques, anything that seemed safe/natural (except formula) to relieve my little girl's distress. I finally quit all the gas drops, gripe water, calming tablets, Mylanta (a one day experiment under Ped direction and guidance) because they did not really work and I decided mixing all that crap in with wonderful breast milk was just confusing her tummy further. You know what worked? Patience and time. The one 'treatment' besides nursing that did give her relief was a warm bath. Note, I bathe with my baby vs using a bather. She loves it. I literally draw a shallow warm bath, climb in holding her, cradle her in my lap with her bottom dunked, keep a warm washcloth over her tummy and chest at all times, keep her feet and hands dangling and warm in the water. If I want to wash her hair, no wet head till the end so she doesn't get cold. No matter how bad the gas and crying was, the bath always stopped it. Obviously you have to be very careful. But you can even nurse in there. Warning, sometimes it relaxes the tummy so much, out blows the poop right in the tub. Or right after, so wrap in a towel upon exit and note it may go right in the wash.
Originally Posted by @llli*mommydoll1203
Also read up on causes (formula is one) and some nursing - and bottle feeding techniques if you're ever giving him expressed milk - that can help avoid some of the gassy or reflux type reactions.
"Bottlefeeding – Babies usually swallow more air when drinking from a bottle. When using bottles, use the slowest-flow nipples so baby doesn’t get overwhelmed with the milk flow. To reduce air swallowing, keep baby at about a 45 degree angle (rather than lying down), make sure baby has a good seal on the base of the nipple, and keep the bottle tilted so the neck & nipple are filled with milk. There are also varieties of bottles that aim to reduce air swallowing. Don’t let baby suck on an empty bottle. Burp baby more often if he seems to be swallowing too much air."
But truth be told, time = maturity = stronger gut. We are just past 3 months old and all this is behind us, replaced with miles of smiles. She still farts like a frat boy, but it rarely brings tears. Or they're very short lived. Good luck. Be patient. Work as a team with your husband.
1st time mom over 40 to Alex(andra) b: 7/14/12