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Ds and I have just had the worst BF ever - what's happening?

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kittypower Tue 18-Sep-07 09:45:14

I seem to solve one problem with BF and then another one comes along - i'm getting so frustrated by it all and it's really wearing me down. Last few days DS has been really unhapy all evening and crying, we worked out it was because I wasn't producing enough ,if any, milk in the evenings, so for the last two nights I have had to give him formula for his bedtime feed. Anyway I have now solved that by expressing lots and managed to up my milk supply for now, so was all happy this morning and sat down to bf him and as soon as the milk was hitting his stomach he was in so much pain and his whole body was tense, he was red and screaming. He suffers from wind usually but not until the end of the feed. The whole feed lasted about 20 mins and the whole time it was a battle for him to swallow and then be in pain. We had to give up in the end as he was getting really distressed. What do you think is happening now?


Mossy Tue 18-Sep-07 10:03:41

How old is your ds?

kittypower Tue 18-Sep-07 10:05:07

he's 5 weeks

Mossy Tue 18-Sep-07 10:09:27

Kittypower I'm not sure, if he sounds like he's really in pain could he have something wrong with his stomach, like a tummy bug? Is he like this at other times or just when he is feeding? If he's like this at other times could he be colicky?

Just wanted to show some support too well done you for getting this far despite so many problems. smile

Hopefully someone knowledgeable will be able to give you some help, will keep bumping for you anyway.

MrsRecycle Tue 18-Sep-07 10:24:56

Oh Kitty so sorry to hear this - thank you for your kind card as well!

I wanted to give you a bit of support as well as you are doing so well. I, too, think it might be wind - have you tried Infacol before a feed. Also, your let down might be too fast for him. Have you tried expressing a tiny bit and then feeding him? This might slow the milk down a bit.

tiktok Tue 18-Sep-07 10:39:28

kittypower - that's so difficult for you.

To be honest, there's not enough info in your post to know what to suggest.

If you call one of the bf helplines, you'll be able to speak to someone. They'll ask you about your baby's weight and growth, whether there are any signs of illness, why you thought there was a supply issue, what happened when you gave formula and so on.

The crying you describe sounds as if he may be experiencing a pain somewhere in his gastric/digestive tract, which could be a tummy bug, reflux, powerful let down....many things.

Hope you get help soon.

kittypower Tue 18-Sep-07 10:45:51

What are the breastfeeding helplines you can call, I haven't heard of them before. Where do I find info and their numbers?

tiktok Tue 18-Sep-07 10:51:36

National Childbirth Trust breastfeeding Line 0870 444 8708

La Leche League helpline 0845 120 2918

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
0870 401 7711

Breastfeeding Network Supporterline 0870 900 8787

All volunteers, taking calls in their own homes, but all trained.


kittypower Tue 18-Sep-07 11:05:30

Thank you, i'm going to give them a call now. Fingers crossed they can help.


determination Tue 18-Sep-07 11:20:45


Could you possibly have over stimulated your supply? Was the milk coming out so fast (forceful letdown)that he was choking or struggling to swallow it quick enough thus causing the bad wind and stomach ache??

MrsRecycle Tue 18-Sep-07 11:38:18

Good luck - I found the Associaton of BF Mothers the most helpful.

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