Spit up and breastfeeding

Brandie - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am breastfeeding my 4 1/2 wk old daughter and she spits up quite a bit. My left breast seems to be making a lot of milk and it seems like she can't keep up with the flow (let down). I do express some before I put her on to release some of the pressure. But she spit up after each feeding last night. I do burp her and even after the burp the spit up comes up like 10 mins later. Do you think it's something I am eating? It's not all the time, so it's hard for me to pinpoint the problem. When babies spit up a lot does that mean their tummy is empty and I should feed her more? Does anyone else have this problem? She does seem content after I feed her and she spits up. I have read that when babies spit up it looks like a lot, but it's mixed with mucous and saliva and it's only actually a teaspoon of breastmilk. I am just frustrated and tired from last night.



This is my second daughter, you would think I know I all the answers, but every baby is different.

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Sarah - posted on 07/28/2009

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My daughter was the same way. The way I solved the problem of one breast making too much milk was only feeding her from one for a few feedings and visa versa. Just know that your body only makes enough milk that is needed so if you express the milk then the more you express the more that will be replaced!! So if you don't express any for a while then the milk will slow down and be perfect for the lil one!! Congrats by the way! Also as long as she is eating well and has enough wet pampers then she should be fine. Maybe what you need to do is not let her feed as long yet more ofter and give her time to let the milk settle in her stomach. Good luck!!

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Lucy - posted on 07/28/2009

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My daughter was exactly the same until around 8 or 9 weeks, we had days when she'd vomit the full feed up every feed all day! We had endless trips to the doctors and they couldn't find anything wrong and said as long as she was putting on weight, having plently of wet and dirty nappies not to worry. She's now 16weeks and hardly ever is sick!

Marabeth - posted on 07/28/2009

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my four month old spits up if shes excited but not if shes calm, burp or no burp.. i think all babies are different and spitting up is definitely normal, especially in the early months.

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I have the same problem with the let down and the flow on one of my breasts (it actually is my left one too) and my 4 week old Hugo gulps and chokes sometimes when feeding and can spit up a lot afterwards. The leader from the breastfeeding support group I go to said this is normal with a fast let down and flow and to try to lean back when feeding so that the baby is more on the top of the breast and has more control over the flow. She said I could even feed him laying on my back propped up with him laying on his stomach on top of me, holding his head up himself. (I haven't tried that yet). I also have him sit up to burp for 10 minutes after each breast because he gulps a lot of air while trying to control the flow and that has helped with the spitting up. I know what you mean about being frustrated, it is so hard when they gulp and spit up like this and I have had my days too. Hugo is calling...

Miranda - posted on 07/28/2009

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Hi Brandie...I had the same problem with my daughter until she was about 6 weeks old. I read that after feeding and burping your baby it helps to have them up(on your shoulder not in any lying position) for 15 to 20 minutes...So both my boyfriend(i fed her he burped her) and I practiced it...we still do actually. We both noticed a change for the best. My daughter would spit up after every feeding, it would come out of her nose and sometimes make her cough in her sleep. Over the weeks I noticed it less and less...it's very common and unless she's crying or pulling away when feeding she's not in any pain. No need to worry...their tummys get use to this whole new way of eating for them

Rhiannon - posted on 07/28/2009

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my little girl (8 weeks) spits up every day, after most feedings, sometimes a little, sometimes more than a little. I think as long as they are wetting diapers normally then everything is ok. My girl has been gaining weight just fine; our pediatrician advised not to worry unless the throw-up covers a grapefruit seized spot.

Paige - posted on 07/28/2009

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It doesn't actually sound abnormal to me. Some babies just spit up a lot more than others. I've been lucky to not have spitters, but I remember my little brother used to do it every time he ate. If she doesn't seem to be uncomfortable or disturbed by it, I wouldn't worry. I would only feed her more if she acts like she's hungry.

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