burping after breasffeeding....a lot! need advice

Danielle - posted on 12/08/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my 1 month old daughter gets soooo gassy after breastfeeding her! I know when you bottle feed a baby you have to burp them every ounce or so but everyone says that you dont have to worry about breastfed babies because they burp less... well not my girl. She tends to have a weird latch sometimes and does a clicking sound where she gets some air in there i guess and she gets all these bubbles in her tummy. When i do one feeding and dont take her off the whole time she burps so much and then usually spits up, sometimes a lot like vomiting it up! I dont know what to do, should i take her off half way threw, which i usually do now, or should i even take her off 3-4 times???? and then when im burping her, no matter what it takes like 10 minutes to get just one out! Last night me and my husband took turns burping her and got like 10 burps out!! Please help, i just dont know what to do and i dont think this is normal. I could really use some advice...

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Danielle - posted on 12/08/2010

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thanks girls, i tried it the last two feedings and so far so good. i will keep trying this and see how it goes :)

Katie - posted on 12/08/2010

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I agree with Caroline. You should take her off every few minutes or so and burp her.

Carolyn - posted on 12/08/2010

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pull off after every few minutes and burp her. my son had terrible gas issues and would spit up aot although we didnt have a bad latch. i would pull him off after every 5 minutes, ( so long as i wasnt in the middle of a let down) and burped him.

also , you might think she is spitting up most of her food, but its unlikely . alot of what a baby spits up is milk mixed with stomach stuff, mucous and saliva. To get an idea, put an ounce in a bottle then dump it on your floor, table counter, your shirt whever. it looks alot worse than it really is.

you need to work to correct the latch issue. pull her off when she starts the click and relatch. i suggest googling some videos on proper latch and correcting bad latches.

Danielle - posted on 12/08/2010

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Katie, she doesn't actually nurse on both sides at each nursing. She gets soo much from one side that she is full so should i take her off half way through the one side and burp her? Like this morning she ate so much just from my left side and when she was done she had so much gas that she vomited most of it back up and then had like 5 more burps, some with more spit up! I dont know what to do in those situations :( (today was the first vomit experience tho, she doesn't do that ever really)

And your right, i think she does have a bad latch when she does that clicking but she usually works that out....but not without getting a lot of air bubbles first...sigh

Katie - posted on 12/08/2010

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With my little girl, I would burp her when I switched sides, and then again at the end of the feeding. It was good burping her when switching sides because when she was your daughters age, she would fall asleep and burping her (as well as maybe a diaper change) would wake her up enough for the other side. Now she's 8 months and I stopped burping her when she was 6 month. She would never burp when I tried to burp her, and burp when she felt like it, so I assumed that she didn't need me to burp her for her, she was capable of doing it herself. Maybe she's got a bad latch. My daughter used to make the clicking sound also, and I figured she would just loose her suction. (That's what it looked like when watching her nurse) I think she would get in extra air when she lost suction.

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