Baby vomiting

Sherri - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My baby, Jayden, is 4.5 weeks old and is formula fed. As hard as I tried he just wouldn't take to the breast! I am concerned about the amount he gets sick and wondering if any other moms have/had the same problem. He vomits large amounts once or twice a day after feeding, soaking himself and me. Its like a projectile vomit too, just spews out of his mouth. Last week his doc said this was normal as long as it wasnt happening every feeding or he wasn't loosing weight. I am not convinced. If I lay him down, don't keep him completely upright after feeding, or sometimes burp him too much he looses his lunch. Its tough to watch and although it doesn't seem to cause him any discomfort, I am concerned that he is losing nutrients...just doesn't seem normal to me. Any suggestions?

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Jasmina - posted on 01/16/2010

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I agree. When u give him a bottle, try feeding no more than 2 oz at time so u can burp him in between. Feed him upright, burp him upright, and keep him upright at least 15 minutes after a feeding. The less positioning the better!

Tiffany - posted on 01/15/2010

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My baby girl (born 12.29.09) is breastfed and has the same problem as well. It's also really concerning, but her doctor said if she's still gaining weight then she's okay. He said to worry if she projectile vomits and it ''hits the wall''. I also find that if I don't burp her well enough in between breasts then she'll burp up/spit up her last feeding. Her large amount spit ups vary, they are not every single feeding. And sometimes she only spits up a little bit. What the other Moms said, about keeping your baby upright after feeding, is a really good idea too. I find that when I let Dakota sit upright after feeding she tends to keep her milk down more. Hope this helped! ;) Good luck, Mom!

Kara - posted on 01/11/2010

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i breast fed my first child and she vomited a lot! I just delivered my 2nd on Dec. 5 and decided to bottle feed him, he vomits occasionally but usually when he hasn't burped. I wouldn't say it's not normal and don't blame the formula because babies can do the same thing while being breast fed. He may have a reflux or try a different formula. My friend had to just switch brands, her son could not keep one brand down but a different brand he had no problems.

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My first daughter projectile vomited on breast milk and bottled milk. We were told to give her SMA staydown but that made her constipated. The health visitor ruled out any problems and although she carried on being sick as soon as I started weaning her at 4 months it eventually died out. She is fine with dairy products and all foods now. (she is 2 years) we never found out a reason why she was so sick but it has never affected her growth or anything else. If your doctor has said your son is fine I wouldn't worry too much. He would not be putting on weight if he was loosing nutrients either.

Lisa - posted on 01/10/2010

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We had the same problem & switched to Soy...but he had bad rashes from soy...so we switched to Sensitive Similac & is doing great.

Amy - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son was born with a heart condition that made breastfeeding impossible for him, due to his lack of strength. He is my 2nd son, and wanted a breastfeed baby like my first. So I'm pumping the milk, but due to his condition he needed more calories to gain weight, so his cardiologist told us to put formula into the breastmilk to add more calories. He was throwing up when we started this. So I switched to Similac Sensitive RS and it works great. It has made a huge difference in keeping his food down.

Victoria - posted on 01/09/2010

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Check out the pyloric stenosis. My son had the same symptons and was diagnosed witht his problem and had to have surgery. The surgery was quick and easy and the recovery was easier. The hardest part was for me watching my three week old son go through the hospital process with the IV etc. Once he had the surgery he was a new kid, laughing, attentive and especially eating like a horse. He completely was trying to play catch up. I though mybreasts were going to fall off lol. But let me say again....he is a new kid.

Carlee - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son did the same thing. He is bottle fed also, he was having projectial vomiting. So i took him in to the doctor. She had him tested for pyloric stanosis he had to have an ultra sound and it was ruled out. Turned out it was just reflux and she put him on medicine which seams to work very well. Hope i could help. Good luck

Donna - posted on 01/08/2010

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my son zavier was doing the same thing and it wasnt untill we got some winding powder and added it to his bottle that it got better, he wasnt bringing up his wind properly even though we would stop him in the middle of his feed. may be worth looking into

Geneva - posted on 01/08/2010

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I don't want to scare you at all, but want you to know the possibilities that I didn't know as a first time mom. My first daughter who is now 21/2 had projectile vomiting but wasn't losing weight and it wasn't every feeding. We took her to the Emergency Room as well as a pediatrician and both told us "baby's spit up and vomit" "its normal" "she's not losing weight, she's fine". Well, one day when she was 6 weeks old her vomiting was hitting me several feet away. I scheduled an appt with her regular pediatrician. He had an ultrasound done on her stomach and discovered that she had Pyloric Stenosis. Mostly found in first born males, pyloric stenosis is when the bottom muscle of the stomach thickens and food has trouble passing into the intestines. At 6 weeks my daughter had to have a pyloromyotomy to split the over developed muscle. I'm not saying this is what your child has by any means, but what I am saying is you have mother's intuition. You know if something is wrong and don't let someone tell you there isn't. Keep pushing until you have a solution. Your baby will thank you.

Andrea - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son is also named Jaden and was born on 12.2.09. I primarily breastfeed but suppliment with formula and he also has the same problem. he vomits a lot all over him and me. i thought it is normal and didnt worry too much about it because he is gaining weight and isnt causing him any discomfort. try holding him upright after a feeding for - atleast 15 to 30min. i do that with my son after a bottle and that seems to help

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2010

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My baby, Evan, is breast fed and 4 weeks old - doesn't spew as much as your Jayden but has had many scary spews - sometimes just after feedings and it's just milk but sometimes it's more like actual vomit - curdy type milk. It is very upsetting to me but he gets over it quickly. It's not really projectile though - I have read that projectile vomiting might suggest baby GERD. Docs don't seem to worry as long as baby is gaining weight and generating enough wet and dirty diapers. If your docs are anything like mine - we got a two week check up then nothing until 2 months old. I think that's too long to go - what if there's a problem?? We have a county health nurse that will make home visits - and check Baby's weight, etc. Do you have any options like that? Mostly, I say follow your mommy instincts and press the issue with your doc - get Jayden in for a check-up on his weight . . . if nothing else, that will sooth your raw nerves/worry.

Lisa - posted on 01/07/2010

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If it's not bothering him then I'm not sure. The vomiting sounded like my oldest daughter who was diagnosed with acid reflux, but she was really fussy, and seemed to almost dry heave constantly. Try keeping him upright after feeding like laying in a boppy pillow.

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