My four week old has been very gassy for the past week or so. My midwife told me that it is probably caused by her developing gut bacteria, and suggested giving her Ovol to relieve the gas. A few days later I spoke with our public health nurse, and she thought it was probably caused by oversupply because I described how the baby sometimes gulps when she's nursing and occasionally chokes on the milk and coughs. She suggested changing nursing positions to decrease the speed of the flow.
So I have been block feeding for several days, and feeding her in either the football hold, or laying on top of me while I recline in an attempt to slow the flow. She still manages to make gulping sounds in both of these positions. I burp her after every feed. The gas is really uncomfortable for her! She is such a happy baby most of the time, but the gas just makes her miserable and she cries and screams until she's red in the face, and then she's fine after a few farts.
Any words of wisdom? Sometimes the farts are odourless, and sometimes they smell really strong. She has been having one bowel movement per day lately. Is this just her digestive system getting primed up? What can I do to help her?? :(