my grandson spits up alot, every 2 to 3 hrshe's wating to eat

by carol ann
(grande prairie alb, canada)

please help, my grandson throws up a lot

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Jul 23, 2012
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could be a few things
by: Tracy

Hi, it could be a few things or a combination of a few thing that cause this...


Here are some pages that can help...


General info on spitting up...


http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/baby-spitting-up.html


Oversupply and hindmilk/foremilk imbalance...


http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/foremilk-hindmilk-imbalance.html


Acid reflux problems in baby...


http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/acid-reflux-in-babies.html


Hope this helps


Jul 26, 2012
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Frequent Spitting up
by: Zelda Behr

Firstly we need to know if baby is breast or formula fed to rule out fore and hind milk problems and forceful letdown.

Spitting up is normal and only when baby starts loosing weight should it become a big concern.
Babies spit up more between 2-4 months of age.

There are a few thing you can do to cope with this...

- Burp baby at regular intervals to minimize swallowed winds.
- Try walking and keeping baby in a more upright position while feeding.
- Keep baby still after feeds for a while.
- Feeding baby on demand will help as well, if baby drinks one big feed it can cause overfeeding and may increase spitting up but, if baby is feeding on demand, baby will drink more regularly and smaller amounts.

About the "drinking every 2 to 3 hours" every baby is different my baby is 6 months old and still drinks every 2 - 3 hours.

Let me know if baby is breast or formula fed and we can see if there isn't something extra I can help with.

Good luck.


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Frequent Spitting up

by Dorothy
(New York, NY)

So I know for the most part my babies signs of hunger like moving his head side to side, making a noise with his nose because he is smelling looking for milk, and him sucking his hand HOWEVER I will feed him when he shows these signs but spits up a little while later.

My mother says it's because I overfeed him but they always say not to wait until the late sign of hunger which is crying but when my mom says to wait until he cries because he is hungry he spits up way less more.

I am just so confused. And after he would spit up he shows signs of being hungry again! Please help.

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spit up
by: Lyssa

Spitting up is not a cause for alarm. When baby feeds, he will frequently stop to breathe. The air can sometimes get caught in the stomach, causing air bubbles. When a baby tries to expel the air bubbles, they sometimes spit up. If the spit up seems to bother you, try nursing baby in a more upright position, similar to the baby sitting up. You can also burp baby half way through the feeding, and again after.

The amount of spit up can sometimes be worry some, but it usually looks like more than it is. If you take a teaspoon of water and dump it onto a cloth, you will see it looks like much more than when it was in the spoon.

Recommendations frequently change from generation to generation and often times, the later generations are not informed of the updated recommendations or are giving formula feeding advice to a breastfeeding mother, which can damage the breastfeeding relationship.

It sounds like you know when your baby is hungry and are feeding them as you should. If baby is gaining well and has 3-6+ wet diapers a day, then spitting up is no cause for concern. Just carry an extra rag with you to wipe it away!

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spit up

by kayla
(canada)

My baby is only 7 weeks old. and while feeding him breast milk and formula (because my milk isn't fully in yet) he spits it all up. I don't know if that's normal or not.

Everything he has comes back up when I burp him. It's like he doesn't get any in him at all. Then he cries because he is hungry. I don't know what to do. can you please help me?

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Jan 26, 2011
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Many things could be causing frequent spitting up
by: Tracy

Hi Kayla

You should try leaving the formula, the only way your own breast milk will increase is if you leave the formula and start breastfeeding exclusively.

Breast milk production works on a supply demand basis, so the more you breastfeed, the more your body will produce...right now your body doesn't know how much it should be producing because you are replacing breast milk with formula.

Babies who are exclusively breastfed usually spit up less than formula fed or combination fed babies.

Other causes could be:

- Your milk let down reflex is very strong and baby is struggling to keep up with the flow. Does baby choke while nursing? Read more on how to handle a strong let down reflex

- Baby might have a bit of acid reflux. Read more on how to handle acid reflux.

- Maybe your baby is getting in enough breast milk already and doesn't need the extra bottles you are giving. Most babies suck just for comfort. This could cause baby to drink too much and this could be the reason for the extra spitting up.

- Maybe you need to burp baby more often? Breastfed babies sometimes need to be burped every 5 minutes. This will prevent too much air from building up and coming out after a feed.

- Baby might be going through a growth spurt. Read more on growth spurts here.

Hope this helps, let me know how things go


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baby spitting up milk

by tiffany
(florida)

I am a mother again to my 1 week old son. Tonight I am becoming concerned.

I had to supplement with formula for about 2days out of the hospital because my milk was not coming in quick enough. Baby lost 5% of weight in those 2days.

So Today I was able to fill 2oz of breast milk for him twice. At both feedings I supplementing 1oz of formula to finish him off, since he appeared still very hungry. Well both those feedings, caused him to spit up a significant amount about 15min after.

What could this mean? He has not spit up like this until today. I am very concerned I am doing something wrong by mixing the two at one feeding. He was definitely hungry until I stopped at 3oz total each time.

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Feb 19, 2013
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a few tips
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Tiffany

It sounds to me as if you are pumping your breast milk instead of breastfeeding?

The average weight for baby to lose is between 5 and 7% of their birth weight in the first few days, this weight loss usually stops after 5 days.

If you do not let baby actually suck at the breast, your breast milk supply will decrease. This is because a breast pump cannot pull breast milk out from the breasts as efficiently as a baby.

Spitting up, is a real good indicator that baby is getting too much to drink. A baby's tummy is quite small still in the first week of life. It is possible, that you have confused signs of tummy cramps, or others issues for hunger.

You should try to breastfeed baby more often (every two to three hours) instead of giving two big amounts during the day. This will also help baby keep it down.

Another thing you can do to keep baby from spitting up, is to breastfeed form only one breast at a feeding (alternating each time), this will help baby get in the fattier hind milk towards the end of a feed. The hind milk is more filling and satisfying and is really difficult to extract with just pumping. (you can then pump the other breast, if you are worried about your milk supply or engorgement)

Please read here for signs of hunger.

Please read here for signs that baby is getting in enough milk while breastfeeding.

Healthy weight gain

Feb 19, 2013
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inverted nipples
by: tiffany

Thank you. Good tips. I am pumping now because I have inverted nipples and it has been extremely difficult for baby to latch and stay latched to the nipple shield. I felt bad having to give him formula, so I bought a pump to extract for him. Do you have any latching tips specially for inverted nipple mommies like myself? Everything i read, doesnt seem to cover much about inverted nipples. It's very difficult for him and very discouraging for me.

Feb 21, 2013
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inverted nipples
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Tiffany

Here is a page that may help...

Inverted nipples

Please let me know if you have anymore questions after reading that page.

Your question also encouraged me to write a page on "growth failure" because there are too many Moms out there who are being told that their baby is not picking up enough weight, but they are being compared to their formula feeding counterparts. Not all babies are the same and when people compare them to an average, it can discourage and even destroy a breastfeeding relationship.

Here is the page I wrote.

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