Lilypie Pregnancy tickers

Lilypie Pregnancy tickers

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Colic

Collin might have Colic. I feel terrible. There is just nothing I can do to soothe him sometimes. He doesn't have crying fits often but when he does it's usually about 1/2 hour after a feeding and he goes crazy like he's starving. Starts rooting and sucking on his hands vigorously. I called the doc and apparently that is a sign of Colic and it starts around 2 weeks. He's been eating 2oz of breast milk every 2 hours. Doc said I can give him 2 1/2 every 2 hours but no more than that. She thinks he isn't really hungry... and giving him more will only make it worse. Last night was awful.. he took a 2oz bottle of breast milk at 8 and then screamed bloody murder like he was hungry so I then gave him 2oz of formula... he continued to scream so DH took him on a short walk... seemed to calm him down for a whole 10min. I finally caved and gave him the breast at 10:30 and then he was satisfied. He didn't need all of that... but that was the only thing I could do to calm him down. Hopefully tonight is better. I just have to let him cry and not give in and give him more to eat. It's so hard to let him cry though. I bought a M.o.b.y wrap so hopefully that will help too. Oh and did I mention that I have a clogged milk duct? I'm not getting stressed or anything.. nope. Not me. Not one bit. =) How are you girls?? Someone tell me some good news!??!?!?!

9 comments:

sarahw said...

With breast milk, there's no such thing as over-feeding! Breastfed newborns do what is called cluster-feeding, where they'll eat several times in a row with very short breaks in between. if he seems hungry and is rooting, by all means, nurse him!!! The guidelines from your pedi are probably for formula, not breastmilk. A great resource is kellymom.com, you can read about cluster feeding etc there! good luck, you're doing a great job!

Robin said...

I fed Alli anytime I thought she was hungry..which was a lot more than I thought she would be. If he's drinking on your breast and not just mouthing it, I'd feed him. jmho. It gets better as they gain weight and get older.

Anonymous said...

I agree that kellymom.com is a great resource. "The Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD is also a lifesaver. "The 5 S's" that it teaches, will soothe any fussy baby. Its amazing how well it works to soothe and comfort them. If the crying persists after feedings, have the pediatrician check him out for acid reflux. Also, don't underestimate the need for Collin to nurse just to feel comforted. Breastfeeding is much more than feeding...its a lot about the baby feeling comforted and safe.

Anonymous said...

Here is an excerpt from kellymom.com on the specific topic of "frequent nursings". There is a lot more great information on the website.

"First of all, do know that frequent nursing is normal and expected in the early months - most newborns need to nurse at least 8 - 12 times per day. Frequent nursing is also needed -- to avoid/reduce engorgement in the early days, to nourish and grow a baby who has a stomach the size of his fist but who needs to double his weight within 5-6 months, to establish a good milk supply for mom, and to help a baby who has been cradled close and warm inside mom for 9 months adjust to life in the outside world. Frequent nursing may sometimes be a warning sign of inefficient milk transfer or low milk supply, but if baby has good diaper output, is gaining well and is generally happy and healthy, then the frequent nursing is unlikely to be a sign of a problem.

Remember that nursing is not just about food - it's also warmth, closeness, reassurance, comfort, healing, love... Nursing has been shown to reduce stress and pain in baby, too. If you're feeling that baby shouldn't be hungry again so soon - remember that it's sometimes Mom that baby needs just as much as the milk."

JennaDee said...

Mason wasn't colic but he was also eating 2-4oz by 2 weeks old.

AJ48 said...

I also fed Mackenzie everytime I thought she was hungry. I always thought there was no such thing as overfeeding - especially when breastfeeding. A baby will stop eating when they are no longer hungry.

I would go with your instincts on this one. If he seems hungry - feed him. You are doing a great job sweetie...good luck!

E said...

Sometimes there *IS* such a thing as overfeeding. My first son had colic, and he would do this same exact gesture. A baby doesn't know his/her belly hurts for reasons other than being hungry so they think they are hungry when in reality there stomach is hurting for other reasons. Then they overeat and make their stomaches hurt worse. Yes, sometimes babies DO like to drink extra ounces because they are hitting a growth spurt but it usually doesn't end in screaming fits.

I would suggest switching his formula (you said you are supplementing) with one especially for colic like Gentle Ease or Nutrimigen and possibly start cutting out dairy in your own diet if he doesn't respond to the formula for colic.

I had to switch V to Nutrimigen for colic and he is doing a lot better!!!!! Most of the times, babies have a very hard time digesting milk proteins. It is hard on their tummy.

You will get a lot of conflicting advice on here and even from your peditrician but follow your instincts because they are right!! If I hadn't acted on my OWN instintincts, Viktor would still be a VERY Unhappy baby.

Good luck.

Also....watch what kind of bottles you are using. Dr. BRown's are very good for swallowed air...also Playtex is good as well.

E said...

Oh and Viktor also had GER. I began suspecting when he would constantly pull off the bottle and cry and how liquid would come projecting back up. So, keep your eye on that as well. ;)

^J^ said...

I say go with your gut...

I wish I had some good news to help take your mind off things. But, I can say I am working on "some great news" and I'll keep you posted!

{{{hugs}}} try not to stress too much(if that's even possible), I'm sure you are doing a great job!