my three week old has major gas issues, and i've done some research and think maybe i have overactive letdown but how do i make it through her fussy/screaming times? and keep my sanity?
oh gosh, I feel your pain. Do you have a sling? If you don't, I suggest a wrap, there are so many nights the only way I can get my little pumpkin to calm down and burp it out is to just walk. Sometimes a lot, but hey, I have a few extra pounds anyway. This is how I get through the crazy times.
Are you breastfeeding? I read somewhere that fennel is good for babies with gas, so I started drinking tea with fennel (Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics - Milkmaid Tea), and sometimes just chewing on fennel seed (it tastes like black licorice which I like). This does help, but fennel also helps with milk production so you might get engorged. I also cut out all acidic fruits and veggies, even juices, from my diet. No spaghetti sauce, no tomatoes, no pineapple, and that really helped in preventing gas. Sometimes it is lactose intolerance as well, so you might want to try removing dairy from your diet. It really does leave you with a bland diet, but I made up a new 'spaghetti' sauce from carrot puree which is quite good so I can still enjoy pasta ;) I'll share the recipe if you find out tomatoes are a culprit in your baby's gas. This has helped me too, though we still get some bad days. My mom swears by Gripe Water, which is mainly fennel oils, and it helped us, but it was really hard for baby to drink (even in a bottle), which I didn't like. They seem to have it at most pharmacies and there is a non-alcoholic version.
I just ordered some 'cell salts' for baby's tummy upsets (I heard of them on here, but in the teething forums). I'll let you know if they turn out to help with my daughter's gas.
I hope something in here helps you!! good luck!
There is also this: http://www.fridababy.com/shop/windi-for-gas-relief/
It's a product you have to purchase, but a rectal thermometer works just as well. This technique worked great for me.
"One great way to many parents have found to relieve lower intestinal gas and children is by using a thermometer. This is to be used in an effort to help the child relieve the gas. You lie the child on her back and pulled her knees up towards their chest. Then you insert the thermometer tip while also massaging the child’s stomach. Sometimes this is all it takes to release the trapped gas bubbles and calm the child."
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)