What do I do about Hiccups, Wind + Crying?
Babies hiccup in utero, in the bath, whilst feeding and when going off to sleep. They cause no distress to the baby and therefore require no special treatment. It is not necessary to interrupt any procedure such as bathing, feeding or sleeping to cure hiccups.
Some babies bring up wind while others rarely do. Wind is rarely the cause of crying. Babies cry with their whole bodies including their legs so that the normal leg action of a baby is misinterpreted as wind. Babies pass any air swallowed from their bowel while sleeping or feeding.
The process of winding wakes the baby into action for the rest of the feed, but you do not have to wait for a "burp" before continuing the feed or settling baby to sleep.
Normal newborn behaviour usually involves at least one unsettled period a day, commonly occuring the late afternoon to evening. Your baby may want to feed frequently, is unsettled and doesn't like to be put down. This time is often referred to as "evening unsettledness" and is common to most babies in the first 12 weeks of life. It appears to be a normal part of the breastfeeding process. Offering a bottle of formula will interrupt the delicate balance of supply and demand. If a bottle is given your baby will go off to sleep and not waken to stimulate your lactation as often as needed.
Prepare for this unsettled time by:
*Resting during the day whenever possible
*Preparing the evening meal in the morning
*Having your main meal at lunch
*Eating and drinking regularly throughout the day
A baby should not be left to cry for than a few minutes especially in the early days. Lengthy periods of crying will exhaust your baby and make feeding even more diffucult.