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Asked by MissNat28

Q: One for the mums with newborns..

My daughter cries every day from 4pm onwards.. she was drinking 6oz every 3-4hrs but now dropped to 3 maybe 4oz every 4-5hrs.. she cries and I can not do any thing to make her feel better.. first the doctors said reflux, then colic, now she has constipation.. like really.. I could cry.. o feel so sorry for her.. she seems like she is in so much pain.. my HV is no bloody use either.. just says hopefully she will settle down in a few weeks.. my partner has been on night shifts starting 5pm so I have no support when she is crying and screaming.. just don't know what to do!! I've tried baby gaviscon, infacol, and warm boiled water but none of these work..
Has any one had similar experience?.. what do you think she may have and have you got any tips?..
Thanks im really desperate for advice.. so fed up with professionals not supporting myself and Connie more..

This question was asked Dec. 9, 2015 8:53pm
Category: Postpartum

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Answered by ericalee - Dec. 10, 2015 9:36pm
Have you tried any gripe water to see if that helps? Our daughter went through a period after she ate when she was extremely uncomfortable and the gripe water helped immensely. If she's on formula maybe she has developed an intolerance to the formula. When we had to do 50/50 breastmilk and formula we found one brand of formula we absolutely could not use. It wasn't a milk allergy or intolerance in general.. just something with the makeup of a particular formula that did not agree with our daughter's tummy.

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Answered by tmhess - Dec. 10, 2015 9:11pm
Paperheart is correct, pumping normally isn't a good gauge of how much your infant is getting. I should have added that in my case there were other signs that she wasn't getting anything. She only made 1 wet diaper in a 24 hour period and had no dirty diapers for longer than that. She was becoming dehydrated/lethargic and her jaundice worsened. The pediatrician had us start formula right away to supplement. I never did end up making enough milk, I had a breast reduction 8 years ago. Things were also made more difficult because Mackenzie had a tongue and lip tie which made latching on very difficult.

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Answered by MissNat28 - Dec. 10, 2015 6:49pm
Hi ladies thank you all so much for your great responses.. Connie has been a lot better tonight.. she is on formula I tried to breastfeed at the beginning but I couldn't, I really struggled.. she has been doing it for about 4 weeks now.. I can't complain as when it first started she would start crying at 2pm until 9pm.. now its more 5pm until 8pm.. she is inconsolable sometimes.. I personally think she has a bit of colic and a bit of reflux.. I gave her boiled water yesterday and her constipation seems to have eased and she has had loads of wet nappies today but still acting as if she is in pain tonight.. ive been alternating with baby gaviscon and infacol. Health visitor like i said is no use at all.. my partner is going to feed her at night today so I can get some sleep, me being over tired doesn't help I don't think and I'm getting a cold.. lovely.. lol.. I can not thank you ladies enough for all your support.. I will keep an eye on my little princess and take all your advice..

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Answered by PaperHeart - Dec. 10, 2015 6:39pm
Pumping isn't actually a good gauge of how much milk your baby is getting. Your body responds far better to your baby than your pump, particularly if you don't pump regularly. Things you look for to ensure your breastfed baby is getting enough to eat are hydration, pee output, and weight gain (although, every baby gains at his or her unique rate and breastfed babies gain differently than bottle fed). Cluster feeding is perfectly normal, especially in the evening hours and during growth spurts. Every mom does what's best for her and her baby, so I'm not disputing parenting choices, just throwing out some things to consider that are "normal" for breastfeeding, but can seem like a bad sign if you don't know to expect them.

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Answered by tmhess - Dec. 10, 2015 3:22pm
Are you breast feeding or formula feeding? Sometimes breast feeding can cause issues. My mother tried everything when she was breast feeding me, she changed everything in her diet and nothing worked. As soon as she stopped breast feeding me at 3 months I settled down and slept through the night from that point forward. Also, have you tried pumping to see if you are making enough milk? My little one would scream when she was a newborn, the nurses all said she was getting enough to eat but she just wasn't happy and was cluster feeding all the time. I ended up pumping and realized I was literally getting no more than a few drops. I started to supplement and she was much happier but still kind of fussy. The regular formula was causing constipation. We switched to a sensitive formula and I actually put 1-2 antigas drops right into her bottle to keep the bubbles out (the sensitive stuff gets really bubbly). She hasn't really fussed since. Have you tried a sensitive formula?

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Answered by stickybean1976 - Dec. 10, 2015 5:22am
Have you tried her in a swing and a dummy/pacifier

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Answered by Amanda_McDaniel - Dec. 9, 2015 11:48pm
My son did that when he was a few weeks old. It made me crazy before he finally spit up and it smelled like stomach acid. He had acid reflux but he took Prilosec. It cleared up almost immediately. He was breastfeeding but was supplementing because of low flow so we had to put him on a sensitive formula.

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Answered by PaperHeart - Dec. 9, 2015 11:01pm
How long has she been doing this? She's at a typical age for a growth spurt, which usually lasts a few days to a week. How did they rule out reflux? My daughter was diagnosed around 4 mos of age, but she didn't have vomiting and other signs you think of. She had what her pedi called "silent reflux." Her symptoms were that inconsolable fussiness, especially after nursing, a stuffy nose, and a rattly cough caused by the acid getting into her esophagus and sinuses. We tried treating first with Mylanta, then moved onto Rx Zantac when that didn't do the job. If the issue is constipation, try bicycle legs to help get things moving. You can also try laying her across your shoulder with her knees tucked into her chest. Again, my dd has a health condition and when she transitioned to solid foods, she had a heck of a time digesting it. That helped her a lot. If all else fails, a bit of prune juice and water may help. My heart goes out to you. The early weeks are so challenging.

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Answered by lala_0412 - Dec. 9, 2015 9:10pm
Is she drinking formula or breast milk??

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Answered by MissNat28 - Dec. 9, 2015 8:54pm
I forgot to mention that she is 7 weeks and 4 days old..

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