baby seems to bring the WHOLE feeding back up after nursing!

Brie - posted on 04/05/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




Recently, my son would nurse and then within an hour of nursing puke/spit up every time. And not just little dribbles. He heaves and brings up a tablespoon or more each time. And it goes from fresh-looking breastmilk (within five mins of being done nursing) to looking like curdled milk (when he is STILL spitting up an hour later!)

This happens after EVERY time he nurses and I don't know why. Unless he's sleeping, he screams to eat afterwards and the cycle continues again.

He is 5 weeks and never had this issue before and I'm worried that he isn't keeping enough down to keep himself full. Anyone else having this issue?


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Aleks - posted on 04/12/2012




I totally second what Lori A said.

I had similar experince with my daughter, though her vomiting was not as severe as your baby's however, it was acid reflux and it was caused by dairy, followed closely by soy (she has had 2 food intollerances both dairy and soy).

I would highly suggest diet elimination and seeing if your baby improves after a few weeks (like Lori A said, it can take a couple of weeks for all traces of dairy to leave your system) then great and keep at it... you will not believe the difference in your baby. If you have tried eliminating all the common allergens and your baby has not improved at all then your baby may be one of the few that sufferes "true" GERD/acid reflux. However, I am of the same opinion as Lori A that most doctors don't investigate the true reason behing acid reflux, preferring to prescribe zantac (and frequently suggesting mother switch to an acid reflux formula - which is just the most horrible thing to do to a little babys stomach... read up on it and how it works....)

Good luck and I hope you get some answeres soon and your baby gets better :-)

Sarah - posted on 04/11/2012




It could be gas, it could be reflux, it could be an allergy, it could be an overactive letdown. OR it could be Pyloric Stenosis. Please see your doc for further guidance just in case. Good luck!

Alycia - posted on 04/09/2012




I had twin daughters back in January 2010. They were in the NICU for 1 month before coming home, however, they never seemed to have eating issues while they were in the NICU. 1 of them would never drink all of her milk sometimes and when they had the cannula in her nose, if she didn't digest it, the milk would be sickly-green/yellow. After they came home, 1 of the twins decided she was going to develop acid reflux. She would vomit out her nose, arch her back and scream because it hurt her so bad. We did end up going to the pediatrician's office (thanks to our visiting nurse who put up a stink and got us in) and she was diagnosed w reflux. A few things they told us to do. A few things they recommended for us to try 1. After feeding/burping keep her upright for AT LEAST a 1/2 hour to make sure her body digests most of it and she gets full 2. If you are going to lie her down place her crib mattress at an angle. Since they came home on apnea monitors and we kept them together for comfort we let them sleep in a pack-and-play. So we stuck a few blankets underneath, but not too many so they wouldn't slide down and crunch into a ball. Try these few things before running off to the pediatrician for medicine. If the milk isn't off-color I'd say you're ok, but if it changes I'd get your son in ASAP. Also, if he doesn't stop vomiting I'd get him in, too. Good luck and hope all turns out in the end.

Lori - posted on 04/05/2012




I'm thinking he's got an allergy to something you're eating. Dairy is the most likely culprit, but it can also be soy, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, or something else. Many Dr's will just tell you the baby has reflux, prescribe meds and send you home without trying to find out the root cause. Yes, some babies really do just have reflux, but what you're describing doesn't sound like just reflux.

My 16 month old is allergic to dairy. If she eats dairy she'll vomit, and if I eat dairy (since she still breastfeeds), she'll vomit after nursing. It took me a while to figure out what was causing her to throw up, but now that I've cut out ALL dairy from mine and her diet she doesn't throw up anymore. YAY!

I'd suggest you start by cutting out dairy from your diet. ALL milk, cheese, butter, and any product made with milk. It can take up to 4 weeks for the dairy to leave your system, but you should start to see improvements sooner. If that doesn't solve it you may need to try to also avoid soy and eggs. It can be difficult at first to remove a whole food group from your diet, but it gets easier as you go.

Jacqueline - posted on 04/05/2012




Ask your doctor - but from my experience my 3 rd threw up everywhere. I had to lay towels down to protect everything. His would be 1/8 cup or more when it went on the floor it would be a good 6 inch by 6 inch or more of a splatter. He sometimes would grimace in pain - so point is it was acid reflux- I found for me I had to have NO lemon or anything acidic- it helped a little. Then I had to take all dairy out. Any bite would cause more throw up. I always would start by only eating chicken soup for a day or two and then slowly add food items. U could put him on a low dose med of it is what he has (reflux) but it doesn't sound bad at all yet- he could be going through a growth spurt also- oh Gripe water. I gave that before feedings and a little after. That helped a bit. But first thing YOUR diet.

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