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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 05:41 AM   1
Wannabeam
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Baby won't eat without screaming,help!


So my 2 and a half month old baby girl Jasmine-May won't stop fussing when I try and feed her. She recently had another virus and I think she has gotten over it. She still sneezes and coughs a little bit which makes me wonder if she has caught another virus? She doesn't have a temperature and she poops everyday. She used to have colic but that has since cleared up, she no longer snatches her legs towards her tummy or screws her face up in pain ad the doctor has stopped the colief and the special formula for colic. She is back on the same formula she was on in ICU. For the last few days she has been dribbling more of the bottle out than drinking it, crying after just a couple of mouthfuls and then crying because she is hungry sticking her fist in her mouth!!!! But she won't take the bottle. For a while walking around whilst feeding her helps but then she starts to cry again. I don't know what is wrong!!!! I will see my pediatrician next week because she still hasn't been vaccinated due to illness. Any advice? Is it reflux? Growth spurts? So worried, she isn't eating more than 500ml a day and she should be eating over 700ml. Each feed she is taking 40ml instead of 150ml. I have started waking her and feeding her during the night to make up for the loss in feeds during the day,it's all I can do to keep her hydrated and something down her. Saying that... she dream feeds perfectly.

I just tried feeding her in her bouncer with the vibrator on and it seemed to help. But she only took 30ml. And she kept on sticking her hand in her mouth and knocking the bottle away! She looks soooo unhappy!



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 06:07 AM   2
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Have you tried a different bottle? It sounds like wind to me - sometimes they can swallow a big gulp of air right at the start of a feed (particularly at the start before they settle into a nice rhythm) and it then hurts to drink more. I would try a different bottle perhaps, or at least when she starts fussing, wind her really well until she calms down. Some babies are harder to burp than others! I'd also give something like infacol to help disperse the bubbles. Make sure she has a good mouthful of bottle too - if she's just sipping the end it can let more air in. You want her to have a nice 'latch'



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 06:11 AM   3
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My LO went through this for three months and I still don't really know what it was, she just had a total aversion to the breast and it was a three month nightmare! Do you think your baby could have reflux? If she arches her back then this could be a sign of reflux, because she is linking eating with some kind of pain. Does she have thrush on her tongue? This will also cause pain when the bottle is in her mouth. It could be teething, although it sounds a little early.
Your LO could possibly be over stimulated if she dream feeds perfectly. Maybe try feeding her in a very dark silent room and see if that makes a difference.
I hope that things improve soon xx



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 06:18 AM   4
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I moved onto dr browns bottles yesterday for this reason. It sounds the same as my LO; really bad wind.

They have been a godsend, I can get a full bottle down him with no squirming or screaming and he has minimal wind. I use these bottles in conjunction with gripe water at every feed.



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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 06:52 AM   5
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Thanks ladies.

It's funny you should mention the bottles, we have a variety of bottles. The MAM anti colic bottles seem to work best, she hardly burps with them and I often get a full feed down with them, didn't really think about it untill now. I do also think teething is a possibility. She is drooling alot and biting her hands and looks flushed. I want to get some of that gripe water as she constantly has hiccups too. After she burps really loudly she does settle a bit, so I will keep at it more with the winding.

Guess I will have to just keep offering a bottle every two hours instead of every four to make sure she eats better. Don't want her loosing weight.

Thanks again ladies



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 09:05 AM   6
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Thanks ladies.

It's funny you should mention the bottles, we have a variety of bottles. The MAM anti colic bottles seem to work best, she hardly burps with them and I often get a full feed down with them, didn't really think about it untill now. I do also think teething is a possibility. She is drooling alot and biting her hands and looks flushed. I want to get some of that gripe water as she constantly has hiccups too. After she burps really loudly she does settle a bit, so I will keep at it more with the winding.

Guess I will have to just keep offering a bottle every two hours instead of every four to make sure she eats better. Don't want her loosing weight.

Thanks again ladies
Good luck! :-D



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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 09:21 AM   7
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My LO does have reflux and she does this. The funny this is, it's usually during the day. At night, she's relatively calm for the most part. I think she often gets overstimulated during the day (sensitive baby) and can't settle down to eat. I find she does best in a quiet, darkly lit room. Maybe give it a try?



 
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My LO does have reflux and she does this. The funny this is, it's usually during the day. At night, she's relatively calm for the most part. I think she often gets overstimulated during the day (sensitive baby) and can't settle down to eat. I find she does best in a quiet, darkly lit room. Maybe give it a try?
That's interesting,I know nothing about reflux so didn't really know what to look for. Maybe my LO has this too. Will try to feed her as you suggested. Thanks hun



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 10:55 AM   9
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Noelle- does your LO eat less than she should? Has she improved with time? Has she lost weight because of it? I'm really worried that this will go on for a long time and my LO will not be getting enough to eat!



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 11:39 AM   10
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Noelle- does your LO eat less than she should? Has she improved with time? Has she lost weight because of it? I'm really worried that this will go on for a long time and my LO will not be getting enough to eat!
She doesn't eat less than she should, but she tends to take more bottles/fewer ounces over the course of a day than the average baby her age. I think eating smaller amounts more frequently works best for her tummy. Luckily, we have not had any major weight loss due to reflux. It seems like she spits up TONS, but she continues to gain. GERD (reflux) is actually more common in young babies than you would think. I definitely suggest chatting with your pediatrician. My LO is on Zantac and it seems to help!



 
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