Breastfeed

Karla - posted on 07/19/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi I just have my baby three weeks ago, I have breastfeeding him. My worry is that he want to eat all the time I feed him every two hours and he eat very fast and as soon is a pick him up he thru up or spit out I think is lot and he can still be repeating milk for a while. Thank you

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Karla - posted on 07/21/2014

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Thank you to all you lady's, very good information and advice I will work in all this.
Thank you I was very happy reading all this inf I need.

Dove - posted on 07/21/2014

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Nursing every 2 hours or more is NORMAL. My son would sometimes nurse 3 times in an hour... still normal. All his body needs is breast milk until at least 6 months. It is FINE.

As for the spitting up.... is he cranky w/ it? Or is the biggest problem the mess? lol

I had two 'happy spitters' that the biggest problem was the extra laundry... and one w/ reflux. He actually didn't spit up near as much as the other two had, but he was very cranky a lot (hence the very frequent nursing... as nursing was his comfort).

For reflux there are a few 'tricks' to try... small feeds (only one breast per feed), gentle burping, keeping upright for at least 20 minutes after a feed. Baby may or may not need meds (my son did til 6 months). You can also try an elimination diet (seeing if something you eat is upsetting baby), but I couldn't tell you about that as I never did it.

Laurie - posted on 07/21/2014

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I could not produce enough milk myself at first to feed my children - I had to supplement with a little bit of formula for the first six to eight weeks until my milk came fully in. My children were large at 9.5 & 8.5 pounds and ate a lot from the start too. If he seems hungry all the time but is growing well he is probably getting enough and your milk supply should increase to cover his demands.

One question - does the spit up bother your baby or is it just disturbing to you mostly? If it seems to really bother the baby he might have acid reflux - which as I understand it essentially means he is bring up stomach acid with the milk which probably hurts his throat. If he fusses until he burps but not much if at all afterwards it is just the gas bothering him. If it doesn't seem to bother him at after he burps it is probably just the little bit of milk at the very top of his stomach and he is not bring up any stomach acid with the gas and milk. Sometimes what helps babies with acid reflux is not laying them down flat to sleep - have an ever so slight incline so that his head is up a half inch to an inch above his feet. This will allow gravity to help keep the contents of his stomach where they are supposed to be. This is more for if you notice he spits up while lying down rather than while you are burping him after feeding. You might also not be burping him fully - if you put him down with a tummy full of gas eventually it needs to come out. If you tap his tummy (very gently) you will be able to hear and feel a difference in his stomach when he is full of gas versus when he is not. Something else you might try is getting the gas out at mid feed or even a couple of times - if you don't let it build up from an extended feeding session, less milk comes out with it. If he is getting a lot of air with his feeding he may decide he is full when really he is just full of air and if you help him get rid of that then he will eat more and last longer between feedings. Also - if he seems really gassy you might try different positions and latches to see if that helps - if he doesn't have a good seal when drinking he will swallow a lot of air with his milk which then all has to come back up.

Do not feed him any cereal or rice - until he is close to six months his digestive tract is not mature enough to handle it and it will cause bleeding in the intestinal tract. If he seems to be permanently hungry you might try some formula but keep it to a minimum and always get him to drain your breasts first (and continue sucking for a little bit beyond where he doesn't seem to be getting anything) otherwise your milk production will not increase to meet his needs. I would agree with Serene - some babies just want to suck on something for comfort so you might try a pacifier and see if that helps. You will be able to tell when he just wants to suck vs eat.

Serene - posted on 07/19/2014

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Donot give your baby water and rice to fill him up unless the doctor tells you too. Since you are breastfeeding then you don't need to use a supplement. Also breastfed babies like to suck, maybe your baby is feeling themselves up by nursing, and just dosen't know when to quit. My son was the same way. He wanted to breastfeed every 2 hours. I purchased a pacifier, which I really didn't want to use, but he wanted the boob all of the time. He used the pacifier but when he was hungry his coos of wanting more milk was spitting it out and crying.

Karla - posted on 07/19/2014

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Thank you Laurie for taking the time and answer and your good advised. Doctor said is normal he is gaining weight, my concern is every time he eats he spit out a lot of milk and some family said that eating every two hours is not right day or night he doesn't know the different may be he doesn't get full some people tell me to give him water rice or cereal water but I think he is too small.
Well I thank you for your advice I will star to feed him more up right position thank you

Laurie - posted on 07/19/2014

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Congrats on your decision to breastfeed. I am not sure I understand your question - is it that he wants to eat a little bit every two hours? That is normal especially if he is smallish baby. Keep in mind that their stomach is only about golf ball sized at first so they literally can't eat very much at a time and therefore have to eat frequently. It will get better as he gets older and gets bigger. If your question is more than he is spitting up a lot of it and is that normal - it can be. The problem may be gas - if he has a full stomach and burps it out some of the milk will come out with it. Perhaps try feeding him in a more upright position if possible to reduce how much air gets swallowed in the first place. Keeping in mind I haven't see you or your child - it is really hard to say. If in doubt go ask your doctor or a nurse at the local clinic for advice or to see what and what is not normal. If he eats well, poops and pees lots and is growing then you probably have nothing to worry about.

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