Suggestions for BF baby who spits up a lot??

Monica - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My baby is 2 months old & eats like a champ. The problem is she is spitting up like crazy! I'd estimate that about 1/2 an ounce per feed winds up on her, me or the floor. This does not bother her in the least - no pain, no crying, so I don't want to give her any medications. Any suggestions?

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My first child was the same. At times she seemed to return more than she'd consumed. Like yours she seemed happy enough and grew and developed perfectly well. I just put up with all the extra laundry.

One tip I'll share is to put multiple layers of sheets on her bed/ multiple layers of towels or cloths if you're cosleeping - that way if she's sick in the night you can just remove the wet layer and go back to sleep rather than having to remake the bed.

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Monica - posted on 11/20/2009

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Thank you all! We'll keep on doing what we're doing. She goes to the doc next week, so I'll bring it up.

Courtney - posted on 11/19/2009

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My daughtrer used to spit up alot too. My doctor told me that spit up looks like alot more than it actually is and that as long as the baby contiues to grow all should be fine. My daughter completely stopped spitting up at 6 months which is when most babies reflux stops causing problems. I do have a friend whose son spit up A LOT and did not stop after 6 months and he had turned out that he has a serious milk allergy. If there are other symptoms I would check with your doctor just to be safe.

Crystal - posted on 11/19/2009

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My sister had a lot of difficulty breastfeeding her three children. The first one was lactose intolerant, the second (which she had when the first was only 13 months) was just absolutely ravenous, and between tending the two babies and working full-time, she felt she couldn't keep up. The third had acid reflux and ended up getting put on medication for it. (If you live in the US you've seen commercials for his medicine!)
This is definitely a problem a lot of people have to deal with. Personally, my daughter almost never spit up, and even when she did it was just a spot.
I would advise you mention it to her doctor. The doctor will probably make a comment about how all babies spit up, that's what my sister's told her about her third child. If you're genuinely concerned, though, don't let the doctor dissuade you.

The biggest thing is, though .. how does the baby act? If she doesn't seem unusually hungry, isn't showing any signs of dehydration or malnutrition, and it doesn't seem to upset her .. then there's really no problem. (other than having to do more laundry lol)

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my daughter is the same way! but as long as they are growing, then the drs say it's fine. some babies just need to develop a little more strength in their stomaches and valves in order to keep it all down. also, since she is eating like a champ, is it possible that she's getting over-full? my daughter does that every once in a while, in addition to the normal spit-ups. burping is essential. those little pockets of air push the pukes up.

Ursula - posted on 11/19/2009

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Holding her upright after feedings helps too, or putting her in a swing, bouncy seat, or car seat to help keep things down. Chances are she will outgrow it soon.

Mandy - posted on 11/19/2009

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My daughter was the same way! Make sure she is burping at least between breasts and keep her kinda still after feedings. Too much movement after a feeding can cause them to spit up a lot. As long as she is still gaining weight, there shouldn't be any reason for medications!

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