Baby is 24 days old and breastfeeding.
For the past few days, about 20 minutes after every feeding, baby would start to cry and act as though she is in pain. Straining, clenched fists, legs alternating between tucked in and straight out. This would last for 15 minutes or so before she would fall asleep. Often she would wake up with a scream.
An hour later, she would be hungry again, and the process started over.
Sounds like gas. We are burping baby, but she acts like this is gas in her gut.
We thought possible symptoms were foremilk/hindmilk inversion or dairy allergy. Wife has one breast that is extremely engorged that the baby prefers to feed on. The other isn't producing much, and baby struggles to nurse. We are actively working on correcting that problem and getting the breasts balanced based on advice from this forum. But the baby was primarily feeding on the engorged breast, and never until the breast was even near empty. And regarding the dairly allergy, Wife loves milk, cheese, etc. We are cutting that out of her diet to see if it helps.
We might be 100% wrong, but at least we are trying different things in an attempt to find something that works.
Last night I (the dumb husband) tried an experiment. I took some rice cereal and ran it through a clean coffee grinder to produce an extremely fine flour. (this grinder was new, and never used to grind coffee) This flour does not readily disperse in cold milk, but does disperse in warm milk if vigorously shaken. The reason for grinding was because I could feel the original product in my mouth when I drank it in milk. But I could not detect the fine flour in milk. Plus, it easily goes through a Medela slow flow nipple.
I added one teaspoon of this flour to 2.5 ounces of fresh breastmilk.
Baby readily adapted to the bottle, and consumed half of it.
No crying. No spit-up. Nothing that looked like she was in pain.
She fell asleep a few minutes later.
Three hours later, we had to force her awake. (diaper change always works)
I fed her the remainder of the bottle, and she nursed from wife's breast until she was content. She stayed awake for about an hour with no fussyness, no pain. Wife cried because baby was so peaceful and happy.
It appears the world is divided on when to introudce "solid" food to infants. Pediatricians seem to say no earlier than 4 months. But most elders say they did it. My wife and her brothers were all spoon fed cereal at 6-weeks. Several other older mothers I know say they were using cereal by about a month.
The problem I'm having is figuring out what constitutes "feeding baby cereal".
Are most of the people I'm reading about talking about actually spoon feeding a 4-week old infant, or are they talking about a bunch of cereal mixed in a bottle? Or are they talking about a teaspoon in 2.5 ounces of milk?
Medical professionals are so risk adverse it wouldn't surprise me if they say to avoid using cereal before 4-months to reduce their liability if something happened to go wrong.
I've read several people on this forum say cereal doesn't help a baby sleep longer. Maybe it doesn't help with sleep, but it did appear to reduce pain, which allowed her to sleep.
I would like to know if there are real problems with giving cereal at this age.
I've read about allergies, but I can't find any research indicating it is a real risk. And is the amount of cereal I gave the baby significant? I have no idea if I gave her too much, or not enough to even think about.