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How to get gassy new born to sleep?

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seven201 Sat 02-Jul-16 17:41:41

My girl is 17 days old. At night she doesn't like to sleep, fair enough I get it's probably cluster feeding. But sometimes I think she does want to sleep but gets really gassy then uncomfy and starts screaming or waking herself up then wanting more food for comfort. I don't know what she wants really. Problem is it gets to say 5am and she still hasn't actually gone to sleep and I just know I can't keep my eyes open much longer so when she sort of falls asleep on my boob I don't have the heart energy to wind her, instead usually I slide her into her cot but then that often ends up with her then waking up uncomfy. But if I wind her then she just wakes up and wants to feed for another hour or whatever and this will continue all night. we've propped up her bedside crib so it's at a slight angle. Last night I don't know if she had really bad wind or was just massively over tired or what but she got herself in a right tizwoz and was screaming the house down for half an hour. Nothing would soothe her and we got to the stage of looking for the number of the hospital to ring for advice but lucky the walk down the stairs to the phone calmed her down enough that she accepted a feed to calm her down.

She's breast fed and I do wonder if my milk supply is a bit low in the evening so she has to just keep going to get enough / encourage my supply etc. We tried a dummy a few days ago with no joy. Bought a Ewan the sheep but that has done nothing. We have a sleepyhead in a snuzpod which she quite likes, but not at night!

I guess this is all pretty normal as her body is just adjusting to the big world but does anyone have any tips? Particularly for how to deal with the trapped wind? I don't mind being awake well I do but I realise it's inevitable with her but I've fallen asleep with her on me/by me and it really freaks me out as I'm a bit of a duvet flinger in my sleep.


seven201 Sat 02-Jul-16 18:11:18

To add I'm using nipple shields (due to pain for me). I've been trying to not use them a few times a day to wean is both off them but sometimes she won't take the nipple without shield and gets worked up. I think I've confused the little thing! Do feeds using shields take longer? Dr Google doesn't really give a proper answer for that!

coveredinhopeandvaseline Sat 02-Jul-16 21:23:00

I would talk to the doctor/HV...I had similar issues and the HV recommended's a bit of a faff as you have to express a bit of milk to mix the Colief with and give before feeding (I fed about 10ml EBM mixed with the Colief just through a bottle teat without a bottle) but it helped massively.
Also, bicycling her legs and doing a wee tummy massage before the bedtime feeding helps knock the farts out too.

coveredinhopeandvaseline Sat 02-Jul-16 21:24:01

This helps massively also

SimplyNigella Sat 02-Jul-16 21:25:39

DS was very similar and a combination of Infacol and using an upright Tummy Tub bath before bed really helped.

coveredinhopeandvaseline Sat 02-Jul-16 21:25:41

Ps Don't doubt your supply at this early stage...breastfed babies will wake to feed several times in the night for at least the first couple of months.

coveredinhopeandvaseline Sat 02-Jul-16 21:26:41

Seconding the Tummy Tub advice. Godsend.

RiverTam Sat 02-Jul-16 21:33:16


Put a towel under the head of the mattress so they're not sleeping totally flat.

seven201 Sat 02-Jul-16 23:04:51

Thanks all. I will look into all of the suggestions. My husband is a bit anti medicine at such a young age but I think I'll work on him!

SimplyNigella Sun 03-Jul-16 09:19:02

Try the Tummy Tub first then, you should be able to get quick delivery from Amazon and I think John Lewis stock it too. The first time you use it can be a little scary as you just hold your baby under the chin with one finger to keep their head out of the water and let them float. I was convinced I was going to drop DS or he wouldn't float (I was very sleep deprived) but it worked amazingly and DS still used it far beyond being too big to get in properly.

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