I just have to say that you mamas with older kids are awesome I feel overwhelmed every couple of days with just the newborn. You guys are truly amazing and I hope you're very appreciated.
Jend - I tried the BioGaia and I'm not sure how much it helped. I also eat Paleo which already eliminates all of the usual dietary culprits. I burp him often and do lots of tummy time, try to keep his stimulation to a minimum, and still deal with nights of gas pain and/or reflux. I must walk a mile each night back and forth across the room.
Help007 - I don't remember feeling any afterpains immediately after the birth (which I guess first time moms usually don't) but about ten days postpartum I had two bouts after feedings that had me writhing in pain for about fifteen minutes! So wierd,
Miranda - Ugh. Sorry about the in-laws! Clearly, from everyone's posts here, most babies have some kind of 'indigestion.' They just have these poor little immature digestive systems and I really don't think there's any magic fix for it. All we can really do is be there for them to hold them and comfort them and try to get a few burps out of them. I actually don't do the pacifier thing at all. Hank is really pretty easy to soothe. If it isn't necessary, then it isn't necessary. DH will give him a pinky if he needs to buy me some extra time in the shower or out shopping or something. And the dish thing would make me SO crazy! Sometimes people being helpful can be worse than people not doing anything.
Mole - Hank had a pretty bad bout of diaper rash and I used desitin and disposables for a day before I could get to the store to get some cloth diaper safe cream. California Baby seems to work well for us. They have it at Target. I've also been using coconut oil on his skin and that seems to create a good barrier.
Worldshakerz - I was dealing with this too, but I thought maybe it was a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance? I read that too much foremilk can cause gas and frequent feedings because it's not very filling?
Judybean - Hank has the goopy eye, too! I thought maybe it was pink eye or something. I've been squirting him in the eye with breastmilk and it seems to be helping.
Nukuspot - I've been using coconut oil on Hank's baby acne and it seems to help a lot!
Ascher - Hank lost his cord at 5 days old - which seemed way too soon to me - he had bleeding, too for a while that started up at about 10 days old but now it's healed up just fine. So I wouldn't worry too much.
Anyone else's letdown hurt? Mine is pretty intense and happens at the most random times! Also, I'm 4 weeks postpartum and still bleeding pretty bright red? It never actually changed color; it's always been red. I feel really good and its not that much at all. Maybe a tablespoon every few hours?