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Hi! I tried to respond to your PM but it says that you have blocked that function. So, here is my response. Hope it's okay to respond in this manner versus via a PM!
Hi Jen! I did have some experience in that, sorry to hear that your two week old is having the same problems! There were a few things I tried:
1. I talked to my stepmom who is a chiropractic pediatric specialist. She asked me to check for a small nodule to the LEFT of her xiphoid process (base of the sternum). There is a valve there that helps to control digestion and when it is not working properly it will feel like a small pea-sized nodule. I actually did find one and did a little massage (kind of like a trigger point). I am a chiropractor too and so I'm totally comfortable with knowing how much pressure to use and where to exactly put that pressure. I don't know if you would be comfortable with it or not, and if not, maybe try finding a chiro who specializes in pediatrics in your area? I can help you find one if you'd like - just let me know. I also adjusted her thoracic spine so I think it was a combination of those adjustments and the rest of the suggestions I received.
2. Changed the position of feeding. I realized that I had her angled downwards (head down) and so I thought that maybe she wasn't able to swallow properly.
3. I would rub her tummy clockwise during feeding. It seemed to calm her down a bit. Caleigh (my daughter) is a bit of a verocious feeder and she sometimes gets ahead of herself and ends up coughing/choking while eating
My pediatrician didn't seem too concerned. He said it becomes a problem if she becomes dehydrated (you can pinch your babe's skin lightly - if it goes back to its normal position you're okay. If it "tents" and takes a while to settle back in, then it is a sign of dehydration). The other things to look for are a decrease in her urine output and poop. If she/he is used to 10+ diapers a day and then suddenly it drops to five or six, it's an indication that she's not getting enough of your milk.
He also said that if she becomes increasingly irritable then it is an indication that she is also bringing up acid with the milk. At that point he said he would try antacids or tums. I didn't want to go the route of medications and so I'm checking into holistic remedies, although it has not gotten to that point with us.
Hope this helps. If you find out anything, let me know. Caleigh hasn't thrown up her milk in over 36 hours so I'm feeling better now. But it certainly stays in the back of my mind when I feed her! Good luck with your little one - let me know if you have any more questions or if the info I gave doesn't make sense!!!