Honestly, I have had the same thought about my milk and Zaylee's gas. I did my best to cut out dairy but it seemed like I would be inhaling my cereal (lol) and then I would remember that I wasn't supposed to have it. So, I tried the gas drops...they helped a little. Chamomile/peppermint tea worked wonders but I didn't wanna overdo it on the tea. Then we went to gripe water. It's been amazing!!! I think time also had a factor. I was using the water frequently but now I only use it if I know that I've eaten some crazy foods that day. And through it all I prayed that God would ease her tummy and let me get some sleep!!!!! Lol.
Yes ladies, I've tried gas drops and the gripe water. Sometimes the gripe water helps but most times not. I think I'll try elimination foods a little longer, I only did it a couple of days. I love nursing and I really don't want to stop!
a lot of babies have a fussy period at that time of night. it's totally normal and I'm not sure that going to formula will change that. my formula fed daughter was fussy at that time, more so than my breastfed (and super gassy) little guy. I do agree with you that if it was something in your diet, it'd probably cause the gassiness/fussiness all the time and not just at a certain time of night.
And for the timing. I'm not really sure, but I bet there is a science behind it.
That said, last night for dinner I had a salad from chick-fil-a and didn't carefully pick all the cheese off it... I mean there was probably a teaspoon of shreds left... but at like 2am he projectile vomited right in my face while we slept... This would have been about 7 hours after I ate just a tiny bit of processed cheese... So obviously it isn't an immediate thing, it probably takes time for the proteins to get into your milk and maybe even time for it to concentrate enough to be an issue. He has been quite fussy today, more gas, difficulty staying asleep, and a lot more spitting. All over a few shreds of processed cheese...
Wow! Sorry you had a rough night. My LO doesn't spit up at all, it just seems to be stomach cramps. My first DD was allergic to dairy and I had to eliminate it out of my diet. She had reflux and would projectile vomit when I ate any dairy. This lil guy's reaction to what ever he doesn't tollerate is way different.... I'm going to consolt my lactation nurse. Thanks again everyone!
I second trying the probiotics. They can really do wonders! My pediatrician didn't really know anything about them, but our chiropractor recommended to help prevent my youngest daughter's ear infections. So far they seem to be working. Their first cold of the season this year went away in days instead of weeks!
They can also help with tummy and all kinds of other issues... yeast, ear infections, preventing sickness... the list goes on.
It is definitely something worth looking into if the other things that you're trying don't seem to be working.
Also, for what is worth both of my girls were fussy that time of day when they were really little. I found that swaddling and allowing them to cluster nurse did wonders. I think it has something to do with being over stimulated from the day.
Definately stick with the BF, I can't see how going to formula would improve things since it's dairy based.
As for the elimination diets and foods that seem to cause gassy babies there is a lot of research out there that shows there is zero link between what mom eats and how baby reacts. I have never noticed any connection between food - baby but I could if I thought there was a link. I think it's a lot of mind over matter with this stuff... just eat a healthy diet and baby is fine. My OB and family doctor said there is no link between food and baby's reactions. It's normal for baby's to get gassy, puke, fussy, get reflux, etc.... some more than others. My son Kieran spit up ALL THE TIME, Clara wasn't too bad and Markus NEVER spits up. He's pretty fussy though and I find there is no connection with the food - fussiness at all.
My twins have 'colic', well the fuss all.the.time!!!! We are on Zantac and I cut out dairy on Saturday. The only thing I have noticed is they are sleeping more during the day, but when they are up they still arent happy. I am going to look up some info on probiotics.