spit up/vomit?

Kathryn - posted on 12/12/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi all, I was told this is normal by the dr but it would make me feel better to hear from other moms. My little one is 4 weeks old and seems to be spitting up once or twice a day.. large amounts of formula coming out. It goes everywhere. It usually just flows out of his mouth and doesn't seem to bother him but it seemed more forceful today and it happened twice. It also came out of his nostrils. I heard this might be a case of overfeeding, but I'm not sure how much/little to feed him since they say newborns are fed on demand. We feed him whenever he starts sucking on his hands. We do burp him frequently and keep him upright. If he's being over fed I'm not sure how to tell if I've fed him enough. Anyone else go through this?

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Sarah - posted on 12/12/2015

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Babies tend to go on a hungry, play, tired cycle. Many times the hungry and tired signals/cries are very similar. Many people tend to overfeeding thinking a baby is hungry when they are really tired. Also as Sarah E. stated suckling on hands does not always mean hunger. In general babies will eat about every 3 hours. As Dove stated some babies do just spit up more than others and will out grow it.

Kathryn - posted on 12/12/2015

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He will take a pacifier for about 10 min and then spits it out. I put it back in his mouth and he spits it out again

Dove - posted on 12/12/2015

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I only have experience w/ breastfed babies, so have no idea about overfeeding. But in my experience... spit up is normal. My girls were what the doctor called 'happy spitters'... they spit up a LOT throughout the day... for a good 9 months or so. It never bothered them any... just made for extra laundry. lol My son spit up as well. He actually spit up less than his sisters, but he was CRANKY like crazy and was diagnosed w/ reflux... which he thankfully outgrew around 6 months.

Sarah - posted on 12/12/2015

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Feed on demand applies to breastfed babies and formula in the first week. If your baby is consuming more than 2.5 ounces per pound per day, he may be getting too much. So if he weighs ten pounds that would be 25 ounces spread out in feedings over 24 hours, 3 ounces every three hours would put him around that much. Some babies do spit up a lot, and what seems like a lot to you or me is only an ounce or so for him. Try spilling an ounce of water on the counter, you'll see how much that is and can compare it to how much baby is spitting up. He may be sucking on his hands simply because it feels good to suck. If he is not fussy, maybe hold off on the feeding. Do you offer him a pacifier at all?

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