Can my milk be making baby throw up so much?

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My baby is 11 wks old, diagnosed with reflux around 3 weeks of age...lots of spitting up and coughing led us to an upper GI workup, so she's on Xantac. It has helped, but not a lot. Wondering if maybe she just has an aversion to my milk? Could it be my diet? I think I eat healthy. Also, she falls asleep still almost EVERY time she nurses, and does not get full feedings (as textbooks say, 20 min). She is growing nicely, though. I just wonder, because my first daughter nursed every 3 hours and was very efficient and almost NEVER threw up. I have a hard time keeping track of this one's schedule, because of chasing around the 2 year old all day...This is just different.

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Chelseaszidik - posted on 07/17/2009

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I agree with Lisa. The way to correct the problem is to do block feeding. Feed your infant on the same side for 2 feedings a row and then feed on the other side for 2 feedings in a row and continue this. If your infant feeds often do it for a period of time such as 3 hours. You should see a lot less spit up. This will not reduce your supply just help with overactive let down and a fore-milk/hind-milk imbalance.

Angie - posted on 07/17/2009

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Don't quote me on this, but I have been told your babies esophagus doesn't develop as fast your baby eats. My little one had reflux also and on occasion she would spit for days...If you thinks she is eating the right amount (all babies are different). Then you are doing a good job. I wouldn't worry too much about it, until your doctor mentions something...or you notice a difference.

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Melissa - posted on 07/18/2009

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One of my twin boys would spit up after every feeding. It took me awhile to figure out the tomatoes/tomato sauce I was frequently eating was upsetting him. After they were born, we ate tons of pasta and were brought many Italian dishes. Once I figured this out and changed my diet, he still spit up but it was much, much less. Play around with your diet. I've heard chocolate can also cause some babies to react. Good luck!

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Thank you all for your responses...it does seem like that is my problem. baby feeds for short spurts, often, but I think that I have to change sides (like I did with first baby...who fed longer and probably emptied the breast...they are different!). So, I'm trying these suggestions...hoping!!

Michelle - posted on 07/17/2009

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she may be allergic to something in your diet first thing i'd cut out would be milk.. the following items make up 90% of food allergies so i'd start cutting them till she stops throwing up then slowly try adding things back in # Milk
# Eggs
# Fish
# Crustacean shellfish
# Tree nuts
# Peanuts
# Wheat
# Soybeans

my baby is allergic to cows milk and soy

Anna - posted on 07/17/2009

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Both of my children had severe GERD and DGE. Just so you know the medication will only neutralize the acid in the stomach so that it does not burn when it comes up. It will not actually stop the action of it coming up. Both my children were also MSPI (milk/soy protein intolerant) I cut out all diary/soy and their biproducts and saw a huge improvement in their symptoms.



As Lisa said as well, it could possibly be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, if baby is getting too much foremilk which is high in lactose it can mimic "reflux symptoms" Unfortunately that was not the case w/ my children. But it is worth a try, if you can correct an imbalance you may not need meds.



I would just nurse on demand, my dd nursed hourly until she was about 3-4 mths old and then only went 3 hrs b/w feedings. Breastmilk is easily digestible, so it is certainly best for refluxers, it won't sit in her tummy as long to slosh back up.



Also zantac is and h-2 blocker and weight sensitive so as your baby grows, the medication may need to be increased.Both my kids were on ppi's and followed closely under the care of GI.



Good Luck, hope your little one is feeling better soon!

Meg - posted on 07/17/2009

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Anything is possible, but I doubt it is your diet or your milk that is causing the problems. I know some other moms with reflux babies. Have you tried any other meds? Something else might work better than Xantac. Also, one of my friends had a baby with another underlying health problem that was making the reflux much worse. So I would ask the doctor to do a thorough physical exam.

Nikki - posted on 07/16/2009

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My 9 mo. old had the same problem and was on meds for a little while but they never seemed to help much. eventually she just grew out of it. now she is spitting up 1-2 times a week, it use to be 3 times a feeding. like the other post check you diet too mine was getting a rash start around 2 mo. and i found out it was the protein for the eggs i was eating . also if you have any other concerns about it the dr will look in to the problem further if you push the issue.

Naomi - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

A lot of 'reflux' that babies are diagnosed with ends up in reality being a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.

Check these two links out:

http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVSep...


possibly that... but also could be a reaction to your diet. just b/c it's healthy doesn't mean she won't have issues. my son gets crazy eczema when I consume cow dairy, there are reactions much worse.



you could try taking out common allergens out of your diet, e.g. cow dairy and soy. give it a couple weeks and see how she does



 



and I doubt she has an aversion to your milk

Naomi - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

A lot of 'reflux' that babies are diagnosed with ends up in reality being a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.

Check these two links out:

http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVSep...


possibly that... but also could be a reaction to your diet. just b/c it's healthy doesn't mean she won't have issues. my son gets crazy eczema when I consume cow dairy, there are reactions much worse.



you could try taking out common allergens out of your diet, e.g. cow dairy and soy. give it a couple weeks and see how she does



 



and I doubt she has an aversion to your milk

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