Why do my baby vomit my breast milk?

Sherry - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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What can I do to help my baby? He is 1 month old and throws up my breast milk. Is he drinking too much? i do not eat spicy or acidic foods, nor pepper, nor curry. HELP!

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Maria - posted on 02/12/2011

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There is a big difference between vommiting and spitting up. If he is just spitting he is normal! Sometimes it looks like a lot more than it is, you'd be surprised. Try taking a tablespoon of liquid such as milk and pouring it out on the counter to see how much it looks like. Is your baby troubled by the spitting/vommiting? or is he a "happy spitter"? If it is indeed vommiting, you'll want to get to the bottom of it... as already suggested changing your diet could help or the baby could have something like acid reflux that a gentle medication could fix. Check with your doctor if you really think he is vommiting and not spitting. In my babies, vommiting comes out in multiple heaves, but spitting just kindof gently comes out.

Codie - posted on 02/12/2011

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WARNING: this could be something serious! my baby had surgery at 4 weeks old because he pyloricstenosis. this means that the muscle between the stomach and small intestine is too fat and it won't let the milk pass through. the fix is laproscopic surgery. the doc slits the top of the muscle open so it can expand and open up in the middle like the innertube in a tire. if your baby is projectile vomiting, you should take him to the pediatrician. i'm talking projectile as in if he's sitting on your lap and he pukes, its hitting you in the face!
pylor is most common in the first born coccasion male, but it can happen to ANY baby. my friend is hispanic and her daughter had it.
also it could be acid reflux, which is far less serious. still, its important to go to the pediatrician before your baby starts loosing weight.

Cori - posted on 02/12/2011

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try pumping a few oz's of the fore milk (the sugary lighter milk) before your nurse and toss it! then let baby latch on and get the fattier breast milk that comes after.. sometimes babies cant handle all of that sugary fore milk when you make a lot of breast milk!

of course, you can also try paring down your diet. take out dairy first and anything spicy, and sometimes broccoli or cucumbers that give you gas can also give baby an upset tummy.

Carolyn - posted on 02/08/2011

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spitting up happens ! my son did it alot. He was an efficient nurser from the start so those long comfort feedings resulted in over feeding and spewing for hours.

also , his digestive system is still immature and the "valves" that keep food in arent fully developped. As these parts develop more, the spitting up should be lessened.

just try keeping him upright for about 30 minutes after a feeding and it should help !

it could also be because of to forcefull of a let down. if your milk is coming out like a garden hose set on the jet setting lol it can cause some tummy issues.

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Cindy - posted on 02/12/2011

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Try eliminating DAIRY products from your diet for 1 mth and see if he is doing better. Some babies like my son can't tolerate it until they are older .

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