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My baby has been spitting up frequently after feeding - is this normal or should I be concerned?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mom and I have noticed that my baby has been spitting up quite frequently after feeding. I am not sure if this is normal or if I should be concerned. My baby is 2 weeks old and I am breastfeeding exclusively. I have also noticed that my baby seems to be gassy and gets fussy after feedings. I am not sure if these symptoms are related or if it is just a phase my baby is going through. I would really appreciate any advice or personal experiences you may have with this issue. Thank you in advance!

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tsenger

Hello there!

I had a similar experience when my daughter was a newborn. She would spit up after almost every feeding, and I was concerned that it might be something more serious. I discovered that she had reflux, which can be common in infants.

To alleviate the reflux, I started burping her more frequently during feedings and keeping her upright for at least 20 minutes after each feeding. I would also avoid laying her flat on her back right after a feeding. In some cases, reflux medication may be necessary, so it is best to speak with a pediatrician.

As for the fussiness and gas, I found that using a baby carrier helped to soothe and calm her. The pressure from the carrier and the closeness to my body helped to alleviate the gas and provided comfort. It's important to note that different carriers work for different babies, so it may take some experimenting to find the right fit.

Overall, I would recommend trying out different methods to alleviate the spitting up and fussiness, and don't be afraid to speak with your pediatrician for advice. Good luck!

gunnar51

Hello there!

I have experienced similar issues with my baby when she was a few weeks old. Like the previous poster mentioned, spitting up is common among newborns. However, if the frequency of spitting up increases or your baby exhibits signs of discomfort or crying, then it might indicate an underlying issue.

In my case, the spitting up turned out to be due to a milk allergy. After switching my diet to exclude dairy and other allergens, I noticed a significant improvement in my baby's spitting up and other digestive symptoms. So, you may want to try cutting out certain foods from your diet to see if it helps with the spitting up.

Breastfeeding can also sometimes cause gas in babies which makes them fussy. To alleviate the gas, I would use gas drops and also try to burp my baby more frequently during feedings.

Remember, every baby is different and responds differently to treatments. So, if you are still concerned, it is always best to consult with your baby's pediatrician.

I hope this helps!

chet.stanton

Hi there!

As a parent of three, I have encountered this issue before. It is actually quite common for babies to spit up after feeding, especially if they are newborns. Their digestive systems are still developing and sometimes a little bit of milk can flow back up. However, if your baby is spitting up a lot or consistently after every feeding, it may be a sign of reflux or an intolerance to something in your breastmilk.

In my experience, I found that keeping my baby upright for 20-30 minutes after a feeding and burping them frequently helped reduce the spitting up. I also avoided foods that may trigger a reaction in the baby such as dairy products. Additionally, I would recommend speaking to your pediatrician about your concerns as they can provide additional advice or even prescribe medication if necessary.

Hope this helps!

flo99

Hello,

I can share a similar experience with my son when he was a few weeks old. He was spitting up quite frequently and would seem fussy and uncomfortable after feedings. Like the other posters have mentioned, it is common for newborns to spit up and it could be due to a variety of reasons.

In my case, I found that changing the position in which I breastfed him helped to reduce the spitting up. I would use a football hold position or a laid back position when breastfeeding. These positions helped to position my son's mouth and throat in a way that allowed him to swallow less air and thus reducing the spitting up. I also found that feeding him in smaller amounts more frequently helped as well.

Regarding the fussiness and gas, I found a warm compress, such as a warm towel or a heating pad, helped to soothe his tummy. I would place the warm compress gently on his belly after feedings and it helped him to release gas.

Overall, it's important to know that every baby is unique and what works for one may not work for another. Be patient and keep experimenting with different strategies to find what works for you and your baby. If you're still concerned, don't hesitate to speak to your pediatrician.

keith.schuppe

Hello,

I can relate to your concern as I experienced the same with my baby. She would spit up after every feeding and would be fussy and uncomfortable. I tried different remedies and found that elevating the head of her crib slightly helped with reducing the frequency of spitting up.

I also made sure to burp her frequently during and after feedings. Burping helps to release air that can cause discomfort and spitting up. I would also gently pat and massage her tummy to help her fart out any gas.

Additionally, I found that changing my diet helped reduce the symptoms of spitting up and gas. I cut out dairy products and spicy foods from my diet as they can cause digestive issues in some babies. It's important to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet while breastfeeding, so I replaced dairy products with almond milk and other calcium sources.

Every baby is different, so it's important to know what works best for your baby. If you continue to be concerned or notice any other symptoms, I would recommend contacting your pediatrician for advice.

xyost

Hi there,

I can understand your concern, as my daughter also went through a phase of spitting up frequently after feeding. As with the other posters, I found that frequent burping and keeping her upright after feeding helped to reduce the spitting up.

In addition to the methods already mentioned, I found that switching to a slower flow nipple helped as well. This allowed for slower and more controlled feeding, which meant less air being swallowed and thus less spitting up.

Another thing I found helpful was to watch how much I was drinking, especially caffeinated beverages. Caffeine can be present in breastmilk and may cause discomfort and spitting up in sensitive babies.

It's also important to keep in mind that as babies grow and develop, their digestive systems do as well. What may cause spitting up one week, may not cause any issues the next. So, it's important to be patient and trust that your baby will eventually outgrow this phase.

If you do notice any concerning symptoms, such as blood or greenish vomit, or a change in behavior, it's important to reach out to your pediatrician. They can help provide more personalized advice and monitor your baby's development.

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