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BF baby terrible wind - related to fizzy drinks?

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clarabellarocks Mon 27-Dec-10 17:46:35

The last week my 3 week old has been suffering with terrible wind and colic which coincides with coming to my mums for Christmas and drinking 4/5 cans of caffine free diet coke and appletiser a day (in the absence of having wine!!).

It's only just dawned on me that this could be the cause of his discomfort but looking on Kellymom it shouldn;t have any affect, however a search on google shows lots of mums who found fizzy drinks gave their little one colic/wind. Anyone else found this???

It's worse in the afternoon and nighttime upto about 3am and I have the fizzy drinks from lunchtime to about 10pm so it kind of fits like that. I'm going to cut it out for the next 48 hours to see if it helps him as his entire tummy bloats and he's farting and burping and screaming for hours which is so distressing for us all.

Know it's not meant to make a difference but anyones experiences would be helpful!

tiktok Mon 27-Dec-10 18:01:37

There's no way biologically or physiologically that the 'fizz' in the drinks could get anywhere near the milk - there's just no 'route' for it to go from your stomach, into your blood and then into the milk. Bubbles are made from carbon dioxide which quickly goes 'flat' when the liquid it is in gets to room temperature or warmer. So it won't even survive the stomach for long

Maybe there is something else different that's causing it...could even be his reaction to the Xmas atmosphere, and the different things happening?

AngelsfromtherealmsofgloryDog Mon 27-Dec-10 21:18:45

Lots of babies are fussy in the afternoon / evening, and it often starts around 3 weeks and can last up till 3 or 4 months, although it often peaks around 6-8 weeks. Kellymom has some info here. Some people think that it's to do with an immature nervous system. That could certainly be part of the problem, even if it's not all of it.

YankNChristmasCrackers Mon 27-Dec-10 21:25:37

It's a load of nonsense, as Tiktok said, biologically impossible.

As anecdotal evidence for the other side, I've been drinking diet pepsi nearly every since day that I've been BFing DS (now 16mo) and aside from a week or so of very mild colic he was never excessively gassy.

YankNChristmasCrackers Mon 27-Dec-10 21:27:44

Also have you tried Infacol? It seemed to work for DS, though we weren't sure it was making a difference. He got worse when we stopped it, so we restarted.

MumNWLondon Mon 27-Dec-10 21:32:51

Maybe it could be something else in the diet coke upsetting him eg aspartame?

I found eating rice cakes/corn chips upset DS2.

clarabellarocks Tue 28-Dec-10 11:18:11

That's what I was thinking MumNWLondon - not the bubbles but either an additive or perhaps the acid in the appletiser??

Interestingly last night was tonnes better after I cut out the fizzy drink?!

MumNWLondon Tue 28-Dec-10 13:08:13

Do you mean 4/5th of a can or 4-5 cans. If the later then I don't think its a good idea for anyone, let alone someone who is bfing.

clarabellarocks Tue 28-Dec-10 13:46:35

The latter - yes, you're probably right! Don't normally but because it's been Christmas I've had a can of fizzy drink when everyone else has been having a glass of wine but I'm on water and ribena now!

AngelsfromtherealmsofgloryDog Tue 28-Dec-10 13:59:12

clarabellarocks, are you off the wine just because you've got a small baby? You do know that you don't need to be teetotal if you're bf'ing, don't you?

clarabellarocks Tue 28-Dec-10 17:35:06

Yes - I know but he was early (3 weeks) and I've been pretty engorged and had mastitis so been feeding every 2 hours at least and just feel happier at this stage not drinking but will be indulging in a glass of white wine when we get in the swing of things but thank you!

AngelsfromtherealmsofgloryDog Tue 28-Dec-10 21:09:46

No problem - I just wanted to check you weren't abstaining due to misinformation! wink

lexxity Tue 28-Dec-10 23:11:22

Have you tried infacol? DS2, 3 weeks is very windy and infacol has been a lifesaver. It was exactly the same with DS1. Nothing I could put a finger on, just both windy boys.

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