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Please help (newborn advice) CRSx2Mommy 18 kids; North Carolina 3475 posts
23rd Mar '13

My 10 day old daughter has been having gas issues since my milk came in. Her stomach is always very large and hard and distended. She is constantly squeezing and trying to fart/poop. After a little while she is usually successful but right back at it again shortly after. I recognized the acidic/vinegar smell in her poop as being the foremilk/hindmilk imbalance my son had at the same age. My letdown is so forceful she chokes and coughs and pulls off; I recognized she wasn't getting enough hindmilk so we started block feeding. My b**bs have already improved as far as the force of my let down (i'm hand expressing a bit before she latches) and she is nursing longer already. My question now is how long should it take for her belly to improve? she seemed to have slept better last night but today her belly is still all hard and she's still straining. I've been giving colic calm to help and I've started to cut out dairy too as a precaution (even though most of her symptoms are not really in line with dairy sensitivity as they are the foremilk/hindmilk issue) I'm also giving her probiotics.. I feel like all of these methods helped my son after just a day or two.. and it's been quite a few for her?
Does any of this sound like maybe a little reflux too? She coughs a lot and hiccups quite often. She cries out in her sleep sometimes and prefers to be inclined. She does NOT spit up though... she sometimes has a tiny dab of spit up but that's it. Thanks ladies!

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1409 posts
23rd Mar '13

It could be silent reflux. As far as the stomach being hard I would just call the pedi and ask if there is anything you should do for her constipation. You can give her a warm bath, massage her belly, bicycle her legs to release gas and help her poop. If you think it's an issue with dairy it takes quite awhile for it to be out of your system. Definitely describe to them the large, hard, distended belly and see what they say to make sure it isn't something else. When my daughter was a newborn she always seemed like she was straining, grunting, trying to poop. I think she was just getting used to pooping lol Hope some of this helps.

CRSx2Mommy 18 kids; North Carolina 3475 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting Mel♥Claire:" It could be silent reflux. As far as the stomach being hard I would just call the pedi and ask if there ... [snip!] ... like she was straining, grunting, trying to poop. I think she was just getting used to pooping lol Hope some of this helps."


Thank you! yes it does help. I have an appt Monday I'm going to talk to them about all of this. She is able to at least have one BM a day... so she's getting some of it out... but it just seems like she is always straining and trying to get more out :(