5 Reasons your breastfed baby could be suffering with wind or gripe pain

My little one is 7 weeks old and he suffered massively with wind for a good few weeks but we seem to have seen the back of the suffering, finally! He’s still getting wind but nothing out of the ordinary. So now its time for me to help another Mommy figure out why their little one is in discomfort, after I spent endless nights researching things like a crazy woman!

1. Position

Majority of advice focuses on the mother and recommend to find and use the positions that are most comfortable for you. But its important to remember that the position that is most comfortable for you, may not always be the the most comfortable position for your baby.

Feeding your baby in a position that doesn’t put too much pressure on their stomach will quite obviously reduce the chances of wind. Lying down next to baby to feed is a good position this ensures baby has plenty of room to get comfortable for feeding time!

It’s also a good idea to make sure that babies head is more upright than the rest of the body to reduce the chances of the milk coming back up. This way we have gravity on side to help the milk digest and reduce chances of reflux. A good position would be sitting and holding your baby in a cradled position around your torso, with baby at an angle to ensure head is higher.

2. Thrush

This is usually harmless and easy to treat and common in babies because their immune systems are less resistant to infection. It is important to monitor it when breastfeeding. It puts you at risk of developing the infection in your breast.

A white tongue, white patches on gums and patches or white spots on roof of mouth are all signs of oral thrush. Generally it will clear up by itself within a couple of weeks and may not cause baby any discomfort.

If you experience any symptoms such as a stabbing or sharp pains in the breast tissue or nipple area. Or you actual have physical signs with white patches on the nipple area, you need to visit the GP or local walk in centre to get a prescription. If your baby is over 6 months, you may be able to get it directly from the pharmacy.

You will be prescribed a mouth gel for your baby that can also be used on the nipple. After ten days of treatment, both you and baby should be clear of the infection.

It is important that you do not feed the baby any breastmilk that was expressed whilst either of you were infected by the thrush. This increases the risk of you and baby becoming infected again.

3. Colic

If your little one is becoming distressed and crying in the evening or afternoon for long periods of time Colic could be to blame! Arching of the back and screwing up the body are also common signs. quite often the build up of wind can cause baby to sick milk back up.

It can be so distressing for you as the mother to see your little one cry in discomfort. If your in this position and you are finding it difficult to console the baby over the period of 5 days or more, you may want to visit a medical professional for some reassurance.

Colic can be caused from an allergy to milk, but its unlikely, if your baby is only consuming breastmilk. Or it could be due to your little ones digestive system and how new it is, it can take a while for it to adjust to digesting the milk. More research needs to be carried out to find out the exact causes, which is slightly disappointing in this day and age!

Increase in crying will definitely increase the amount of air that is swallowed, which will increase wind. Trying to console baby is the best thing you can do to reduce the crying, colic drops are not recommended as first use.

4. Tummy Bug

The signs of a tummy bug are very similar to the signs of colic apart from generally it doesn’t continue for longer than 5 days.

It is likely that if your little one is suffering from a tummy bug that he or she is vomiting after every feed. There may also be an increase in dirty nappies that smell worse than usual.

If you suspect that your baby has a tummy bug you should continue to breastfeed as normal in hope that your baby can retain any fluid at all.

5. Latch

The latch is crucial, if the baby is not creating a tight seal around the nipple during feeding this means air will be swallowed. This will increase wind in the stomach and may cause your baby to screw up their body with gripe pain and discomfort.

A simple position change can stop this happening and ensure that the baby is not swallowing any air. If you are concerned that your baby is not latching correctly it is crucial to wind baby after every feed.

Hopefully this will help you beat the wind and the tears! Good luck! Remember it’s not meant to be easy!


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