Colief

(14 Posts)
TiredMummy2015 Mon 14-Dec-15 20:18:21

My month old baby really struggles with wind. I've tried all of the winding techniques I can find but they don't always help. Infacol worked a bit but for the past two nights haven't seemed to have any effect and it's taken an hour or more to settle back to sleep after a feed.

Today the pharmacist recommended Colief. I thought it was for lactose intolerance only but he seemed to think it would help my baby. I'm willing to give it a try! The pharmacist told me I could just put a few drops on my baby's tongue before a breastfeed but the instruction pamphlet says not to do this. Has anybody else done this and was it ok? He also told me I can use infacol and Colief together - anyone else tried doing this?

MrsPatrickDempsey Mon 14-Dec-15 22:44:09

I agree about it being for lactose intolerance which is quite rare and often misdiagnosed. I wonder whether you could pin point something in your diet? It can be hard to isolate but cutting out dairy would be a good start. Sorry I don't know about administering it.

Ladypug Tue 15-Dec-15 00:26:33

I agree it's for lactose intolerance but it's been semi successful for us (in conjunction with other stuff and not entirely) I'm also breastfeeding and I put it straight on my nipple - 2 drops then another 2 halfway through feed as it has to mix with the milk. I discovered someone else doing this online so I just copied. Breastfeeding expert I spoke to said its fine to do that but she's surprised baby is ok with it as taste of colief is so bitter (our DD doesn't seem to mind It but she's a bit greedy!) smile

BooOzMoo Tue 15-Dec-15 00:34:32

I used to put it on a spoon then express onto spoon !! Shove it in!!!!

Niknak1980 Tue 15-Dec-15 06:40:09

I use a bottle teat and express into that, then put the drops in and give it her before a feed. It's such a faff but better than a grunting, windy, miserable baby! I'm also dairy free which helped stop all her reflux so it's worth a try if you feel colief isn't working X

TiredMummy2015 Tue 15-Dec-15 09:04:49

Hmmm see my first child had lots of allergies and I was specifically told not to cut anything out of my own diet. This was by a top allergist at Great Ormond St. I can't recall what his reasoning was. In any case I don't consume much dairy as I hate milk and yoghurt or anything creamy. I maybe have cheese a couple of times a month.

I really do think it's wind as I can hear her gulping it down while feeding ( yet health visitor says latch is fine) and then I hear it rumbling away inside her tummy.

Really unsure whether to continue with the Colief now.

GoldAlmond Tue 15-Dec-15 09:50:58

Didn't make any difference for us! Lactose intolerance is rare in babies. Lactose overload is common if you have oversupply or feed from both breasts each feed, or if baby feeds often but not much each time (foremilk is high in lactose and low in fat whereas fatty hindmilk takes longer to digest so lactose gets broken down)

Have you tried Dentinox? We found that better than Infancol.

Ladypug Tue 15-Dec-15 10:40:23

You may have oversupply issues (results in gas and collicy symptoms for baby). What helped me was feeding lying back so the milk travels 'uphill' block feeding so feed on left boob then left boob again then right boob then right boob again etc, expressing a bit before feeding to reduce initial jet and I also tried colief, altogether these things have made a difference. If you have oversupply baby can be getting too much fore milk and not enough hind milk hence colief helps break down the lactose

TiredMummy2015 Tue 15-Dec-15 11:04:54

I do have oversupply so that's probably it! My milk spurts out and chokes her. She also feeds little and often.

Ladypug Tue 15-Dec-15 11:32:43

In that case that will probably be what it is! How old is your little one? Apparently when supply evens out between 8-10 weeks it will settle itself

daluze Tue 15-Dec-15 12:06:19

Colief, infacol and other drops marketed for colic have not been effective in clinical trials, even though some parents feel they are helpful. I personally tried infacol with my grunting baby, but did not bother with anything else, as it is an extra hassle. As previous poster said, it usually settles around 8-10 weeks. In the meantime, a lot of tummy massage may be helpful. I used to do it with every nappy change (except night).

Ladypug Tue 15-Dec-15 13:25:27

Colief will help if it's lactose overload though. Colic is very general but it will help for lactose specific

minipie Tue 15-Dec-15 13:52:03

Oh definitely likely to be the oversupply/fast let down if she is choking and swallowing air. I had this especially with dd2. Here's what helped:

- Infacol
- winding very frequently during feeds, esp after initial let down gush, and for blimmin ages after each feed
- feeding in side lying position (I couldn't get reclining feeding to work but side lying worked pretty well)
- one boob only per feed, sometimes one boob for two consecutive feeds
- feeding when dd was not too tired so she could manage the fast flow better

It did settle down as we got closer to 10 weeks, mainly because dd got much better at burping.

Colief might help a little in theory, because as mentioned by pp with oversupply your dc will be getting lots of high lactose foremilk, however it may not help enough to be worth the hassle/cost!

minipie Tue 15-Dec-15 13:52:57

Winding technique that worked best for us was lying dd on her back for a few minutes (eg time it takes to change nappy) then sitting upright.

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