Grunting baby & crying while feeding

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Grunting baby & crying while feeding

Hi mamas!

My LO is 5 weeks old now and I'm wondering about a few of his behaviors. First, I've noticed that he grunts and strains a lot -- sometimes to the point where he seems really uncomfortable and even cries. My guess is it's gas, but does anyone have any advice for dealing with this and making him more comfortable?

On the same token, he sometimes will pull off an cry while breast feeding -- sometimes he gets really upset! I think it some extent it's due to a forceful let-down and/or oversupply. And advice on dealing with this? He pees and poops a ton and sometimes his poop looks stringy/mucousy. I also think he might cry while feeding due to gas.

Anyway, both these things are frustrating and upsetting for me -- I just don't know what to do for him! I see my doctor tomorrow (who is also Will's doctor) and can ask him. The last few days have been pretty stressful because of this.

An I alone on this or are there other grunty babies here? What have you all done about it?

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Joined: 08/13/11
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Desmond is VERY gassy. He grunts a lot too and sometimes will pull away when feeding and cry but I found just patting him until he burps will help with that. We give him gas drops to help and it does at times, but not all the time. I've heard Gripe Water can help some, but it never helped Desmond.

I hate when they cry and you dunno how to make them feel better! Hope you find something that helps Will!

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I had this problem with Cammi a couple of weeks ago. I actually posted about it. I was breast feeding her and she unlatched and starting crying uncontrolabley. She actually stopped breathing, but I think what it was, was that she got too much milk and she couldn't swallow it. My advice would be to burp Will more often during feedings to make sure he's swallowing all the milk. I would stil talk to your dr though and see what he has to say. We also use gas drops and those usually help. We also bought Gripe Water but the one time we used it, it didn't seem to work. Good luck and I hope things get easier!

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Oh another thing about Gripe Water since Jenny said it didn't seem to work for her either. I heard it was good at getting rid of hiccups, and I've tried it a couple of times and it does get rid of them! So whenever Des has had hiccups for a while I give him some and no more hiccups!

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Amy, you just described Kole exactly!! He grunts and groans non-stop ALL. THE. TIME. DH even started sleeping on the couch so he could get some sleep and not get woke up by his grunting and straining noises. What sometimes helps make him more comfortable for a few minutes is to pump his legs and try to get him to fart. We will also take his legs and push his knees up into his stomach, gently of course, and try to push some gas out.

I also have MAJOR oversupply issues with a forceful letdown. I don't dare nurse him on an engorged boob. Even when I'm not engorged he will frequently pull off and cry after letdown (which causes a spray of milk everywhere!). When he pulls off like that and cries, I always pick him up and burp him and then offer the boob again. It seems to help. If I don't burp him and he keeps getting back on and nursing again, we've had some major exorcist-style vomit happen with all the air back up.

I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one with a baby grunting all the time!!

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Gas drops never helped my DD and they do nothing for DS either. Since gripe water didn't work for my DD, I haven't even tried it for DS.

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Little man grunts so much that DH calls him "Grunty" now. HAHA! He grunts all the time though, probably less during feedings. We make sure to burp him a minimum of twice per feeding, but also any time he's getting lazy, acting frustrated, etc. It seems to get out gas sometimes, but also get him more focused on the task of eating. Smile

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for forceful letdown feed in a recline position so they have to work against gravity to feed.

I was happy with the latch Adam was getting but I could still hear clicks and thought he was gassy. I did some searching and found the recline info. I tried and it's helped with the letdown....barely clicks and also sometimes he'd sound like he was choking (another forceful letdown sign) and that's stopped too.