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Originally Posted by Minoh
I do believe that diet and the breakdown of sugars in their system leads to much of the gas in their GI tract, especially when there's an overload of yeast in their system.
One thing you could try is to lesson the amount of sugar, naturally occuring and especially refined that you eat. It seems that you probably eat very little refined sugar but I wonder if the fruit is just introducing lots of natural sugar into Reed's system and it's part of the cause of the gas.
Taking probiotics might help even out the bacteria in Reed's belly if he does have an over production of yeast, which would definitely add to the gas. I think it would also help to eat more carbs and things like oatmeal to increase the fiber you eat (the fiber would not be passed to him or cause more gassiness). But I'm not sure if you're interested in changing your carb intake, so it's just a thought.
I also find that Simon is a much better sleeper at night (that's relatively speaking, of course ), when he naps better during the day. I'm not sure what would help with that with your little guy, but I find that wearing Simon for naps helps to extend them. He really likes to sleep in a wrap. I also lie down with him when I want him to sleep for at least an hour. He might be on the boob every 10min, but at least he usually has a great nap by the time we're up. I've been making sure he's defintely tired before trying to lie down with him (rubbing eyes, yawning, etc).
I don't know if any of those things will help, but good luck mama!! I really hope you get a much needed rest soon.
Originally Posted by spiralmg
Andrea, a couple of things strike me as I read your post. First of all, do you check his diaper or offer the potty at night when he is fussy? You could try that and see if it helps. Sometimes when DD is really restless at night it is because she is wet or needs to go. DS was like that too. (She is easy however...DS needed to go about five times a night so nighttime EC was a sleep-depriver for me with him.)
The other thing that strikes me is that something may be up with your diet. Disclaimer - I don't know anything about the Eat to Live diet, and I 'm not an expert on this, but we are wheat/dairy-free too for whatever that's worth.
1. It looks like you may be low on protein and possibly complex carbohydrates. A lack of protein can keep you awake because you are just simply hungry. I've had trouble feeling like I'm getting enough protein (and I do eat some meat), and it looks like you may be eating even less than I do. Usually I try to eat eggs at some point during the day, plus things like goat and soy yogurt, nuts - things that have protein as well as magnesium and calcium.
2. Also I have started taking a liquid magnesium/calcium supplement to make sure I get enough. I think if you are nursing you are supposed to take 2-3 times the recommended amount. Magnesium is invaluable to me as a sleep aid. Without it I can start to feel twitchy and achy - maybe that is how he feels?
3. Too many vegetables and fruits can make me and DD gassy. It sounds like you are eating lots, especially at breakfast.
4. Can you eat more complex carbohydrates, like sweet brown rice? I am addicted to that, it is so sticky and yummy and filling even after eating just a little bit. Plus it is higher protein, I think, than regular brown or white rice. Put a little Ume Plum Paste on it I also like to make combos of all different things - for example, last night I made a concoction of amaranth, almonds, pearled barley and french lentils. It was immensely satsifying to eat...
5. Oils? That's another thing that I find calming in my system.
Anyway, DS is calling, hope this helps a little bit?
Originally Posted by xmasbaby7
I am so sorry you are going through this. This sounds horrible.
My only advice to you is what DH and I have sworn by. Admit when something isn't working and try something else, even if we were really philosophically into something. For example, I was absolutely no pacifier in the beginning, but DD would nurse in bed all night and wake up with acid reflux. I started giving her a pacifer to suck on and her reflux and spitting up went away.
I had in the bed all night but by the time she was 3 months, she would rotate 45 degrees and lie sideways, kicking me out of bed. I had to move her into a porta crib next to the bed and bring her in at the 6am feeeding. I wanted to family bed it for the long haul but it wasn't working.
Just my personal examples. What are you holding on to that isn't working? What else would you be willing to try? Changing a baby all night sounds disruptive to sleep, but I know that goes against EC. weigh the issue out.
Everyone is giving you diet advice, but what nap strategies could you try? Even if it means wearing or driving ds to sleep for a few hours a day, it would be worth to see if that can help. Focus on the naps, and you better take one when he does if you can!
Do you have a noise machine? We use it to keep her to sleep, not get her to sleep.
Sorry I can't offer more helpful advice.
Originally Posted by amygoforth
One more thing, and this will be a total shot in the dark. I don't EC, so I'm not knowledgable AT ALL in that regard. But, if Reed is nursing more through the night, it prolly means he's peeing more too. Which may mean he's waking up to pee, no? Are you opposed to the paci? Instead of nursing every time for comfort, maybe try the paci once or twice a night to see if that might cut back on the peeing. You can still hold and snuggle while he has the paci, but he wouldn't be getting any breastmilk.
Originally Posted by allnaturalmama
Oh, Andrea, I am soooooo sorry!
My first guess is it's the gas. Whenever Will is gassy, he gets uber-fussy, won't nap, and doesn't sleep well at night, waking often. Once the gas goes away, however, he sleeps like an angel. (And he's never even approached 100farts a day; I just can't imagine what he'd be like even gassier than he was.)
Gas is almost always a sign that something is out-of-whack in the gut, be it yours or his. While the foods you are eating are definitely healthy, they may not be the right proportions or combinations for you or Reed.
I know there are a million theories out there on good nutrition, and it can be overwhelming, but an excellent resource I've found that focuses on the health of the gut is the book Nourishing Traditions. It calls itself a cookbook, but it's much more accurate to call it a scientific encyclopedia of excellent nutritional advice that happens to have recipes in it, too. It focuses on digestion and assimilation, and restoring the healthy flora of the intestinal tract.
It is those few times that I have strayed from the principles of the book that Will has become gassy. When I return, the gas dissipates. The change in his disposition and sleep cycles is dramatic.
to you. I hope you are able to sort through all the loving advice and suggestions to find what works for the two of you, and that lots of healthy, revitalizing sleep is in your very near future!!!
Originally Posted by allnaturalmama
Oan excellent resource I've found that focuses on the health of the gut is the book Nourishing Traditions. It calls itself a cookbook, but it's much more accurate to call it a scientific encyclopedia of excellent nutritional advice that happens to have recipes in it, too. It focuses on digestion and assimilation, and restoring the healthy flora of the intestinal tract.
It is those few times that I have strayed from the principles of the book that Will has become gassy.