Feeding FAQ: 3-4 months – Other

At 3 months old my daughter is still having problems bringing up her wind

My daughter has always had great difficulty bringing her wind up. I have tried Infacol, gripe water and cooled boiled water. All these methods have no impact whatsoever, however when she reached about 10 weeks she was able to bring her wind up alone. The past week however has been terrible; half way through her feed she screams out in agony and then will very rarely take the bottle again. I thought when babies reach 3 months they find it easier to burp. I’m at the end of my tether, I have spoken to the midwife and she has said try all the remedies which I already have done.
My daughter feeds at 8am 5ozs, 11am 3-6ozs, 2pm 3-6ozs, 5pm 3-6ozs, 8pm 3-6ozs. She uses a Dr Brown bottle with a level 2 teat. She weighs 11lbs 11ozs.
She naps at 9.30-11.10am, 11.45-1.30pm and settles at 8pm.

As your daughter has had issues with bringing up her wind when she was younger there are a couple of things you could try to try to help her now. Check the flow of the teats she is using is neither too fast or too slow for her. It could well be the former and she is drinking her milk too quickly. Teats are marked for age groups but not all babies may be happy with the one they are “supposed” to be on. Buy one pack of a smaller size and see if your daughter is happier when being fed.
Another idea to try is to give her a real break mid feed. Allow her to have 2-3 ozs and then wind her. Stop the feed before she becomes distressed and crying. Let her sit reclined, but in a straight posture in her chair. Any doubling over around her stomach may cause her pain and distress. A baby of this age may often benefit from a 20 min break mid feed to help them begin to digest the first part of their milk and be more content to take some more.
When winding your daughter, still take care to hold her as upright as possible. As babies get older they are usually easier to wind. The muscles are more developed and less floppy than a newborn but at 3 months many babies still do not have complete development of their entire trunk and still need to be helped in an upright position.
Try winding her held upright against you. Her head at shoulder height and on arm draped over your shoulder. This will keep the passage of the oesophagus as straight as possible. Rub her, rather than patting and concentrate on the left hand side of her back. Gently circle a few times and rub in an upward motion to help her burp without causing her too much distress. If nothing happens in 3-5mins and she is not crying, carefully sit her in her chair, keeping her as straight as possible. Angle the chair (if you are able to) so she is about 30-45 degrees rather than flatter on her back. Moving her into the chair may help her to wind. If she does need to burp she will begin to cry and you can repeat the position mentioned above and then let her rest before offering her the rest of her feed.

If, after trying all of the advice mentioned above, you find no improvement in your daughters discomfort, it would be definitely worthwhile visiting your doctor to discuss any possible gastric problems.