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Crying jag in evening - ebf - can anyone shed any light?

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ASmidgeofMidge Tue 25-Feb-14 20:32:09

My DS is one month old today, and ebf. This has been going well on the whole and he's gained 3lbs(!) since birth. I'm struggling to work out what's happening in the evenings though. Sometime between 6-8 pm, DS becomes really distressed at the beginning of a feed. He'll latch on, but very quickly pull off the breast and scream - I'm not sure if it's pain, or frustration, iyswim, but he's really upset. He's continuing to give feeding cues between screams, but latching him back on just results in the same thing with both of us getting more and more upset. If DH walks him around a bit,he'll settle briefly, and I had some success rubbing his tummy in a circular motion. He sometimes burps/farts quite a bit during this time, but am not sure if the distress is simply wind as the same level of burping/farting happens at other times of day without the same crying jag, if that makes sense! He is quite windy generally. Also, tonight he'd just woken up from a nap when it happened, so am confused about when the wind could have accumulated! Eventually he will settle and then have his feed, maybe after an hour or so (although it has been longer). Later on - he does one green poo in his nappy (normally mustardy seedy yellow)!
Have looked at Kellymom but am still struggling to know how to interpret what's happening - I really want to as hate seeing DS so upset and worry that I'm aggravating the situation somehow. Could it be wind? Colic? Am wondering about slow/fast let down as other possibilities, poor evening supply, or something I've eaten earlier on making my milk taste funny? It seems to be the breast and first few mouthfuls that trigger the crying...


JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 25-Feb-14 20:40:12

All seems pretty normal to me but I'm not an expert. Have you spoken to a BFC either at a Bfing Support Group or on one of the helplines?

ASmidgeofMidge Tue 25-Feb-14 20:48:53

No, that's an idea actually ... There's a cafe at the hospital where I delivered, I think ...

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 25-Feb-14 20:54:29

Try the lll too. There is some more info on support groups here Hth smile

mumofthreeboysS Wed 26-Feb-14 06:15:08

Sounds like colic to me. My LO does this too anywhere from 6pm to 8pm or sometimes longer. It is awful when they cry so much but be rest assured this stage passes eventually! I can last up to 8 weeks or longer. My LO is 8 weeks now and still doing it [comfused] . If you look up colic it explains it as periods of up to 3 hours of unexplained crying with baby pulling up his/her legs in pain/discomfort. I'm afraid I don't have my magic solutions! I rock mine to sleep or use a sling and feed till he's drowsy/aslwep. Good luck!

BadPenny Thu 27-Feb-14 09:33:00

Apparently it's all down to the baby's immature digestive system - should just improve naturally over time.

My DD was the same - not every day, but several times a week... Have never understood though why it was only and always at that same time of day. Circadian rhythms, no doubt! Good luck, hope it passes quickly.

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