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sleep issues due to farting..

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GoldenPenguin Sun 29-Nov-15 17:07:15

Not me... my baby!

We're for months in with ds and all ofa sudden he Is woken by gas a few times a night and from naps. Its endless and come out of no where. Anyone had the same. He's exclusively breastfed.

I just need some sleep!

GoldenPenguin Sun 29-Nov-15 17:09:37

Sorry. I meant four. See. Sleep deprived!

Nocta176 Sun 29-Nov-15 17:14:18

Following because I have this issue too - no solutions though!

Arfarfanarf Sun 29-Nov-15 17:15:44

Does he seem to be in pain? If so have you tried infacol?

juneau Sun 29-Nov-15 17:16:35

Well farting is very common for babies as they have an immature digestive system and it can be rather gassy as a result. However, you can help with this by making sure he's been properly burped after every feed, and keeping an eye on what you eat and how it affects him i.e. is he worse after you've eaten certain foods? Things like lentils, beans, broccoli, and cauliflower are well known to be gas-producing foods. Fatty and spicy foods are also difficult to digest - not only for you but also for him. And finally, it can be a sign of a food intolerance, so if you've been eating dairy, for instance, and find him very gassy afterwards it might be worth getting this checked out.

GoldenPenguin Sun 29-Nov-15 17:23:39

He screams and screams. We tried coleif with out much success.

My diet hasnt changed really and we tried tummy rubbing and bike peddling motion.

He's so lovely when not distressed by ffarting. It must be making him so miserable.

jelliebelly Sun 29-Nov-15 17:29:10

Do you get a good burp or two from him after feeding?

GoldenPenguin Sun 29-Nov-15 17:35:22

I have noticed he is guzzling at the start of a feed. He seems umable to keep up.

I take him off and get some huge belches!

hippospot Sun 29-Nov-15 17:36:07

My son was always in discomfort and slept very badly as a baby - I gave up dairy and he was a different child almost overnight. Six years later he can tolerate some dairy so we've been lucky with his outgrowing it.

It meant that I breastfed him for ages but that was my plan anyway. I saw an NHS dietician (mainly for me not him) to help me ensure my diet was balanced with no dairy.

villainousbroodmare Sun 29-Nov-15 17:38:33

There are such things as probiotic drops which are suitable for infants. When I was battling the same thing, I used so many different things that I have no idea what actually helped; maybe just time. I had recently switched to xylitol sweetener, though, and stopped using it then. Better fat mammy than distressed child!

The little bit of swallowed air that a baby burps after feeding is not the same as the gas they fart out the other end. That is the product of intestinal fermentation and cannot be burped up.

(I know you aren't having any fun with this but I do like the spelling ffart! grin)

I hope you get sorted soon.

GoldenPenguin Sun 29-Nov-15 17:55:48


You mwntion sweetner. I'm diabetic type 1 and just started using sweetner in my hot drinks. That's interesting.

Maybe i'll scrap milk and sweetner and see what happens. I never thought it might be that.

juneau Sun 29-Nov-15 18:18:01

Re: the guzzling. Do you have a fast let-down? I did on one side (my mega-producing left boob grin) and I found that if I hand-expressed a bit before I latched my DSs on it helped. Otherwise the flow was so fast and full-on that they practically choked.

Yes sweetener is known for causing gas and bloating so if you've only just started using it and your DS has only just started to have problems with gas then it could be that. Maybe try a different one?

villainousbroodmare Sun 29-Nov-15 18:21:51

I hope it is!

If it's dairy, though, you'd probably have to eliminate all dairy and not just milk.

GoldenPenguin Sun 29-Nov-15 19:33:29

Thanks everyone. I think the culprit is dietary after all. I'll cut out anything if it makes him happier.

I do have a fast let down on both boobs so that could be a factor too. Sometimes he tries so hard to keep up i can hear the latch slipping. We relatch but i suspect its too late by then and air has been swallowed. I'll do a bit of expressing beforehand and see how we go.

Nocta176-did any of this help you at all?

villainousbroodmare Sun 29-Nov-15 19:45:18

I also have a ferocious letdown and I find that pumping a bit (specially off Fighty Righty) helped. I actually don't have to do it any more as DS started to cope better just in the last few weeks.

Gracey79 Sun 29-Nov-15 19:50:09

Have you tried gripe water before bed? My ds is 8m and still Farty but find gripe water before bed seems to get rid of a good few

NewBallsPlease00 Mon 30-Nov-15 02:52:12

I cut out dairy and avoid broccoli sprouts etc
Tomatoe based sauces also aggravate
Had parsnips this evening and still rocking a sad and windy but blocked ds now weeps
Christmas Day I think I'm down to turkey peas and spuds

AliceRick1 Mon 30-Nov-15 03:37:50

I have a fast let down too, so take my baby off the breast and just hold a Muslin cloth there until the flow has reduced the put her back on. This stops my baby spluttering and also reduces bad wind from gulping.

Nocta176 Mon 30-Nov-15 14:39:09

Thanks, interesting ideas. I'm wondering if there is a correlation between feeding from the right and increased wind, as that side definitely has a faster let down and dd is not so comfortable feeding that side...

Ladypug Fri 04-Dec-15 00:23:42

Hiya, very similar issues and also have
A problem with oversupply and fast letdown. Saw a breast specialist and its hyperlactation. Results in trapped wind and colic like behaviour. Solutions: block feed from breasts, feed lying down or leaning back so they drink it "uphill", colief and winding between feeds, have seen a difference but still have a way to go. Apparently it corrects itself once supply evens out around 6-8 weeks

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