sleeping and spitting up

Alissa - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 7 week old son sleeps really well the first part of the night. He wakes up usually between 1-2 AM to eat and then falls alseep. The problem we are running into is that he is not really sleeping the rest of the night---because he spits up and breast milk then is all over his face. After he does this he makes really loud noises and starts to cry. After that we are up all night long trying to get him to settle down and go back to sleep. What can I do to help him. I think overall he is starting to sleep less at night and I have to go back to work on the 19th! ??!!!

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Victoria - posted on 10/15/2009

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Quoting Alissa:

sleeping and spitting up

My 7 week old son sleeps really well the first part of the night. He wakes up usually between 1-2 AM to eat and then falls alseep. The problem we are running into is that he is not really sleeping the rest of the night---because he spits up and breast milk then is all over his face. After he does this he makes really loud noises and starts to cry. After that we are up all night long trying to get him to settle down and go back to sleep. What can I do to help him. I think overall he is starting to sleep less at night and I have to go back to work on the 19th! ??!!!


Breast feed babys normaly don't spit up it my be something that you are eing try giveing him a bottle of formula at night before he goes to sleep. I just started mine on it and he is 5 months. Its alot to have to breatfeed and we have to watch everything we put in our body because it can affect them. He don't like it when I eat Spicy foods. I hope I helped.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/30/2014

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Eating spicy foods does not make your breast milk spicy. This is an old wives' tale, and doesn't make anatomical sense, since milk is made by your blood, not your stomach... Many cultures eat foods that are "spicy" and they breastfeed their children with no adverse effects.

That being said, my little guy was doing the same thing. I do not use medication for reflux since giving babies meds can sometimes cause more harm than good (not in all cases, but sometimes (not always) parents looking for a "quick fix" will rely too heavily on medication)... I do, however, burp him every 3-5 minutes during feedings and keep him upright and calm (when possible, lol) immediately after a feeding. I have also elevated the head of his bassinet with pediatrician approval. It has made a significant difference. He still spits up, but he is not in any distress when he does, and it is much less frequently... Particularly at night. Hope this helps!!

Sarah - posted on 10/15/2009

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A lot of babies spit up after the middle of the night feeding because they get so much milk. There's a lot of milk to eat in the middle of the night feeding because it's usually the biggest gap they go without nursing. By lying him down flat after a big meal, he is probaby having a reflux problem with a seriously full stomach - kind of like my husband after a chilli-fest. I aggree that you should talk to your pediatrician about acid reflux and ask about medicine for it. I also think that elevating the head of where he sleeps might help so that gravity can keep his feeds down. .

Melissa - posted on 10/15/2009

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First of all, I want to tell you that I am so sorry that your son and you are having such a hard time. Second of all, I have three kids and all three had acid reflux and I can tell you that I am pretty sure that is what is going on with your little guy. It starts to show up with not sleeping well, spitting up a lot or sometimes it is silent, and just genral fussiness at 6-8weeks of age. As they get older it gets progressively worse and needs to be treated. Sometimes, things like a dairy allergy or another food allergy can cause the reflux to be worse. (That is what happened with my third.) I would say that you need to take him to the dr. and explain what is going on. Hopefully they can put him on some reflux meds and make him a bit more comfortable. If you need to vent or you just need someone to talk to that has been there, please let me know!

Jessica - posted on 10/15/2009

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Quoting Brandy:

Maybe he is not getting hungry at night anymore but still waking up out of habit. See if he will fall back asleep without eating or cut the feeding short and see if it helps and make sure you burp even if he is asleep already. If you try putting him back to sleep without the feeding and he gets really upset like he is hungry then feed him of course but if that isn't the problem then it might be something you have been eating for dinner lately. More of certain spices might bother him or something acidic. If it is just the night feeding causing this then it would be something you have been eating later on in the day.


I agree w/ what Brandy said, go for trying this. Make sure to burp him!

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Brandy - posted on 10/15/2009

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Maybe he is not getting hungry at night anymore but still waking up out of habit. See if he will fall back asleep without eating or cut the feeding short and see if it helps and make sure you burp even if he is asleep already. If you try putting him back to sleep without the feeding and he gets really upset like he is hungry then feed him of course but if that isn't the problem then it might be something you have been eating for dinner lately. More of certain spices might bother him or something acidic. If it is just the night feeding causing this then it would be something you have been eating later on in the day.

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